Sunday penalty rates decision upheld



Australia's two major retail employer groups have welcomed the decision by the Federal Court to uphold the Fair Work Commission’s decision in reducing Sunday and public holiday penalty rates.


The National Retail Association (NRA) and the Australian Retailers Association (ARA) said they strongly support today’s decision by the Federal Court with the ARA stating that the decision will lessen the strain on Australian retailers, put the unemployed back into the workforce, and increase trading hours across the country.”


Russell Zimmerman, executive director of the ARA said: “The latest August retailing trade figures of only 2.15% year-on-year growth have proved just how challenging the current retail climate is.”


These disappointing growth figures, combined with increasing economic pressures are significantly affecting employment rates across Australia, and stifling retail growth nationally,” he said.


With the entrance of many international players into the Australian market, and the continual increases in energy and rental prices, the ARA looks forward to the next penalty rates reduction on 1 July 2018,” Zimmerman said.