Unions launch media campaign to protect penalty rates

Unions are today launching a concerted media campaign to stop wage cuts for some of Queensland’s lowest paid workers.

Queensland Council of Unions General Secretary Ros McLennan said the cuts could take up to $60 a week from the wages of more than 400,000 retail and hospitality workers in Queensland.

“Across the state, that translates to more than $1.2 billion sucked out of the Queensland economy.”

Unions say the commercial will be seen by millions of viewers in South East Queensland, in the lead-up to the holiday season.

“The commercial highlights the sacrifice that workers make when they work unsociable hours, such as weekends and nights,” she said.

The ads start screening today for several weeks, along with radio and social media advertising.

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