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What really happened after penalty rates were cut

In 2017, Australia’s Fair Work Commission (FWC) cut penalty rates paid to retail and hospitality workers for work performed outside normal hours, such as working on Sundays or public holidays. The decision was justified on the basis of job creation — the idea that lower wages would encourage employers to hire more people and stay open longer.  For two years, that promise went unfulfilled. Retail and hospitality underperformed relative to other sectors, suggesting the penalty rate cuts fail

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