PM urges focus on boosting employment and says companies should take their case to the Fair Work Commission

Tony Abbott has given qualified support to employers seeking to cut weekend penalty rates in some industries, and accused the former government of trying “to restore the church Sunday by closing the shops on Sunday”.

The prime minister played down the prospects of the government taking active steps to reduce penalty rates, but said he was “very happy” for employers to put their case to the Fair Work Commission (FWC) and for the independent umpire to consider the need to boost employment.

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Source: The Guardian Circular Economy RSS