Queenslanders who discover themselves away from household and at work on Christmas Eve may head dwelling with a bit more cash of their stockings this yr.
The State Government needs to see Christmas Eve recognised as a part-day public holiday after 6:00pm to make sure individuals at work that night time obtain penalty charges.
“It would ensure workers have the right to have Christmas Eve off as a public holiday just as they do for Christmas Day,” Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk mentioned in an announcement.
“Many Queenslanders though do have to work Christmas Eve and the change would ensure proper compensation for them.”
Queensland Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace mentioned affected workers could be higher off in two methods.
“They’ll be able to get a penalty rate — which has reduced — but they’ll get a penalty rate for the public holiday under their federal awards and agreements,” Ms Grace mentioned.
“They’ll also be able to — on a reasonable basis — say that they’re not available to work and they’ll be able to obtain that protection.”
Queensland would turn into the third Australian jurisdiction to make the change, behind the Northern Territory and South Australia.
Ms Grace mentioned the change was no reflection on employers, who could be minimally affected by the brand new legislation.
“I know that it’s been pretty quiet even in my part of the electorate on Christmas Eve and employers are able to then include a surcharge if they do want to trade — some of those employers in the hospitality sector in particular,” Ms Grace mentioned.
Ms Grace mentioned the proposed change in Queensland happened following constructive suggestions in South Australia.
“We’re saying that we’d like to join South Australia who recently had a review and found that it was working extremely well down there and in the Northern Territory,” she mentioned.
The change is topic to public session, however the Queensland Government hopes to see it carried out by Christmas this yr.
Ms Grace mentioned she had already acquired constructive suggestions from the group.
The Shop Distributive and Allied Employees Association (SDA), which has greater than 32,00zero members employed throughout the retail, warehousing and quick meals business in Queensland, authorised of the transfer.
SDA state secretary Chris Gazenbeek mentioned the Government could be setting up one thing the overwhelming majority of Queenslanders supported.
“Our members in retail, warehousing and fast food and many employees work extremely hard at very unsociable times to provide a seven-day-a-week service to the public,” he mentioned.
“No affordable individual would begrudge retail, warehousing and quick meals workers the appropriate to a part-day public holiday on Christmas Eve or to public holiday penalty charges in the event that they work.
“This is not going to solely profit members of the SDA, it is going to be nice information for a lot of hard-working Queenslanders together with our well-respected important providers workers, resembling firefighters, paramedics, nurses and cops.”
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