Hospitality workers face Sunday penalty rates cut but could the move create more jobs?
The Commission accepted the case of the Productivity Commission that reduced penalty rates could increase employment however "this is hard to quantify", and also accepted the case put forward by businesses that a reduction would increase the level and range of services on Sundays and public holidays.
But Mr Kazzi said the lack of incentive of a bigger paycheck to encourage staff to want to come into work on the weekend and during holidays was a bigger concern. "Extra money on a Sunday is a sense of entitlement for wages", she said.
Yass Valley cafe owners have mixed feelings about affects to trade after the coalitions decision on Thursday to cut to weekend penalty rates. "I'm at a bit of a loss for what to do".
For us the objective was to modernise the award, not to abolish penalty rates, but to make it relevant to the 21st century as a means of employing more Australians.
The proposal did not appear to have universal support among government ranks, with Nationals leader Brendon Grylls voicing concern about "attacks" on penalty rates. Employees will still earn more than on weekdays.
"Unless there is severe intervention, we are on the way to seeing a whole class of working poor in this country", Kearney said.
Thus, a primary element of the commission's rationale for reducing Sunday penalty rates is to remove the deterrent effect that was part of the original design of those rates.
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The ARA will work with the Fair Work Commission to ensure this decision is implemented correctly across the board. Among its several workplace-related responsibilities, the FWC reviews penalty rates every four years.
A Sydney business owner says he is "not for" the Fair Work Commission decision to cut penalty rates saying "if you can afford to stay open that you should reward the staff".
"Whether it's penalty rates, an electricity bill or any other input - it all makes a difference, and that leads to more employment opportunities, which is good, particularly for regional areas where youth unemployment is an issue", he said.
But he did acknowledge the changes would hurt some people. "This represents a major cut to my income, compromising my ability to pay rent, feed myself, and just survive".
Ms Petterson said she paid her staff above the current award but said higher rates hampered growth for some businesses. Unfortunately for Australia's young workers, our country has the lowest youth wage compared to minimum wage, in the world.
That compares to A$11.70 (£7.20; $8.95) in the United Kingdom and A$9.40 (£5.80; $7.25 ) in the US.
At a media conference on Wednesday, Shorten to do "everything in our power, in the parliament and in the courts, to remedy this bad decision because Australian workers shouldn't be suffering wages cuts".
In a further complication, wages are growing at their slowest pace on record - less than half compared with 10 years ago, according to Australian Bureau of Statistics data.