Yacht club protest at penalty rate cut

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UnionsACT volunteers will be protesting the Southern Cross Club’s penalty rate cuts at tonight’s celebrity Yacht Club wine tasting event featuring Sir James Hardy.

Alex White
UnionsACT secretary Alex White.
Alex White, secretary of UnionsACT says the Southern Cross Club is the only community club in Canberra to move to cut Sunday penalty rates.

“There is zero community support for the Southern Cross Club’s decision to cut Sunday penalty rates for some of its lowest paid workers,” he says.

The volunteers will distribute flyers and other information about the club’s cuts to penalty rates.

“The hypocrisy of the club’s board and senior management will be highlighted, as will the club’s 2016 $1.1 million profit,” says White.

“This is a Club that supposedly supports family values and the community, but in fact cuts wages while booking $1 million in profits. How the board thinks cutting penalty rates supports families is beyond me.

“The actions of the Southern Cross Club to cut penalty rates is deeply damaging to the community’s confidence in the community club model.”

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