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All now need to accept the FWC's Penalty Rates Decision

"Now that the Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia has upheld the Fair Work Commission's Penalty Rates Decision, it is time for everyone to accept the decision of the independent umpire and move on," Chief Executive of the Australian Industry Group, Innes Willox, said today.

"The Full Bench of the Commission made its penalty rates decision on the evidence after more than two years of proceedings. On the evidence, the Commission decided that the previous Sunday penalty rates in the fast food, retail and hospitality industries were no longer fair or relevant, and needed to be adjusted. The adjustments, which still result in employees receiving penalty rates on Saturdays and Sundays, are being phased in over the next few years. The decision will generate increased investment and employment, which will be beneficial for employees, businesses and the broader community.

"Ai Group Workplace Lawyers played a leading role in the Federal Court and FWC cases.

"All political parties also need to accept the decision of the independent umpire and abandon proposals for legislative amendments to overturn the decision. There are many workplace relations laws that need to be reformed by Parliament to create a more productive, flexible and fair workplace relations system, but giving politicians a greater role in the determination of penalty rates has no merit," said Mr Willox.

Media enquiries: Tony Melville – 0419 190 347