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Penalty rate cuts will ‘build inequality’, not create jobs

Penalty rates cuts

FOR Gold Coast retail worker Rachel Spackman, the whole issue of weekend penalty rates has a lot to do with religion. The 19-year-old Catholic is a full-time student and works casually up to 15 hours a week. She tries not to work on Sundays. “It’s a juggle because I like to go to 9am Mass,” the Merrimac student, who works ... Read More »

Rockhampton Bishop stands with workers as hundreds face job cuts with Aurizon workshop closure

Bishop Michael McCarthy

ROCKHAMPTON Bishop Michael McCarthy has spoken out in support of hundreds of Aurizon workers told they would lose their jobs with the closure of the city’s railway workshops. “I stand with the workers,” Bishop McCarthy said. “Workers who support families, have bills to pay, support our local businesses and are an integral part of our central Queensland family. “The workers ... Read More »

Catholic Religious Australia criticises penalty rates cut, says it will hurt the vulnerable

Hospitality workers affected by penalty rates cuts

UNIONS, churches and even some businesses have joined a chorus of concern against the recent decision to reduce weekend penalty rates. While unions are planning an ongoing campaign of industrial action, Catholic Religious Australia is concerned that the Fair Work Commission’s decision will increase inequity and hurt the most vulnerable people – the young, women and students. “As politicians claim ... Read More »

Church agency says poverty will strike more children if Family Tax Benefit changes

Family Tax Benefit changes will cause problems

MANY more children will live in poverty if Federal Parliament approves proposed changes to Family Tax Benefits, Australian Catholic Council for Employment Relations chairman Brian Lawrence says. Mr Lawrence, who was recently presented as a Papal knight for his work in reforming Australia’s minimum wage,  gave the warning on November 19 when he appeared before a Senate Community Affairs Legislation ... Read More »

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