MGA: Saturday and weekday penalty rates decision

///MGA: Saturday and weekday penalty rates decision

Changes to the General Retail Industry Award

Members are advised that on 28 September 2018 the Fair Work Commission (FWC) handed down the decision in the Saturday and weekend penalty rates case. MGA is extremely disappointed to advise that the FWC supported the application by the SDA and awarded increases for casual employees who work on Saturday and late nights under the General Retail Industry Award.

There was enormous work done to oppose the application and we thank our members for their support and contribution to fighting the case. We are aware of the escalating costs and the subsequent pressure that our members are trying to work through and the serious effects that the decision will have on their businesses. This decision is a disincentive to employ more staff and jobs are likely to be cut as the increased costs will undoubtedly place increased pressure on small businesses.

The FWC has established a phase-in process for the increase of the penalties as follows:

Please note the first increases commence on 1 November 2018

Saturday work – casuals

1 November 2018 – A casual employee must be paid an additional 15 per cent for all work performed on a Saturday.

1 October 2019 – A casual employee must be paid an additional 20 per cent for all work performed on a Saturday 1 March 2020.

1 March 2020 – A casual employee must be paid an additional 25 per cent for all work performed on a Saturday.

Evening work: Monday to Friday

1 November 2018 – An additional 5 per cent will be paid to casuals for hours worked after 6pm.

1 October 2019 – An additional 10 per cent will be paid to casuals for hours worked after 6pm.

1 March 2020 – An additional 15 per cent will be paid to casuals for hours worked after 6pm.

MGA will adjust our wage tables to reflect this decision effective from 1 November 2018.

Jos de Bruin
CEO
MGA Independent Retailers

2018-10-02T11:10:33+00:00