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Feb 28, 2017

Anglicare WA has expressed great disappointment in the decision of the Fair Work Commission to cut Sunday penalty rates.

Anglicare WA Chief Executive, Ian Carter, said that for many people on low incomes weekend penalty rates is their ‘bread and butter.’

“Coupled with the Commonwealth crackdown on Centrelink recipients as part of its welfare reform agenda, this decision will put a lot of financial pressure on the bottom 20 per cent of income earners.
“This will be especially harsh in WA where employment conditions are already very difficult in the wake of the mining downturn.

“Anglicare WA has a lot of people using its financial counselling services, but the demand for this is increasing significantly and tragically we have to turn away up to 20 people every day across the Financial Counselling Network due to a lack of capacity.”

Mr Carter said inequality in Australia is growing and that the entire community needed to understand that this has massive economic and social costs.      

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