Recently the Productivity Commission released its draft report on Australia's Workplace Relations Framework and recommended making Sunday penalties the same as Saturday rates. The claim is that Sundays are now no different to Saturdays.
Hospitality workers are some of the lowest paid workers cooking and serving food on Sundays while most enjoy the day off sleeping in and relaxing. Whilst everyone wants to go out and enjoy a nice breakfast, lunch and dinner, hospitality workers are away from their family often until very late and deserve to be compensated appropriately for this on a Sunday.
Wages haven't increased enough in the short term - yet the cost of living expenses continue to increase dramatically. Taking away Sunday penalty rates will only further hurt workers in the hospitality sector. What could happen is a dramatic increase of unqualified workers joining the industry who will accept lower wages on Sunday. Thus lowering the standard of service.
The fact is there are no post offices, banks, Government services open on Sundays yet this report suggests the demand for weekend supply of services has increased in the past few decades but why should hospitality workers have to suffer a cut to penalty rates? The argument is that many small businesses can't afford to open due to the expense of penalty rates but isn't it more the case that these businesses aren't run efficiently?