Essential Report

Penalty rates

Feb 23, 2016

Do you approve or disapprove of the Productivity Commission recommendation to cut Sunday penalty rates to the same level as Saturday rates for workers in hospitality, entertainment and retail?

  Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Full time worker Part time worker   Aug 2015
Total approve 31% 21% 48% 21% 32%   39% 22%   32%
Total disapprove 54% 68% 41% 66% 58%   48% 66%   54%
Strongly approve 10% 6% 16% 2% 14%   13% 7%   9%
Approve 21% 15% 32% 19% 18%   26% 15%   23%
Disapprove 23% 26% 24% 20% 20%   19% 29%   25%
Strongly disapprove 31% 42% 17% 46% 38%   29% 37%   29%
Don’t know 14% 11% 11% 12% 10%   14% 13%   14%

31% approve of the Productivity Commission recommendation to cut Sunday penalty rates to the same level as Saturday rates for workers in hospitality, entertainment and retail and 54% disapprove. This is very similar to the results of this question when asked in August last year.

66% of part time workers and 48% of full time workers disapprove.

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