No bunny business on Easter pay rates

Apr 17 2014
Photo: Chris Pavlich/MX Sydney

Photo: Chris Pavlich/MX Sydney

Unions NSW is calling on workers to check they are paid proper public holiday rates for shifts over Easter.

Unions NSW secretary Mark Lennon said most workers were entitled to a penalty rate of double time and a half, depending on their award or agreement.

“It’s important they check their pay slip or roster to ensure they’re being paid correctly,” Lennon said.

“If you’re in any doubt, check with your union.”

The warning comes after the Shop, ­Distributive and Allied Employees Association held an Easter-themed rally in Martin Place yesterday to urge the State Government to scrap its plan for Boxing Day retail trading.

SDA NSW branch assistant secretary Bernie Smith said workers were worried that the lifting of Boxing Day trade ­restrictions would eventually ­extend to Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Anzac Day and Christmas Day.

“There are already 360½ days a year for retail trade,” he said.

“These are just a few days each year that we want to guarantee people can be with family and friends.”

Smith said the Easter break for workers could be “at risk” if changed retail trading hours are applied to other public holidays.

NSW Treasurer Mike Baird said employees would not be forced to work Boxing Day and there were no plans to change arrangements for other restricted trading public holidays.

Stand up for retail workers and any further erosion of their precious family time.
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