Unions Nsw Warns Workers To Check Penalty Rate Entitlements Over Holidays.

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Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Unions NSW warns workers to check

penalty rate entitlements over holidays.

All workers need to be vigilant this holiday period to ensure they’re paid proper

penalty rates, according to Unions NSW Secretary, Mark Lennon.

With different penalties applying on the various public holidays the young and low

paid need to be particularly careful.

“Often employers aren’t fully aware of their obligations, especially with the recent

changes in legislation, so employees should call their union or double check their

award or agreement to confirm their entitlements,” Mr Lennon said.

“Some workers may be entitled to double or even triple time but due to an oversight

from their employer might miss out on money they’ve rightfully earned.”

The actual penalty rates and dates penalty rates are to be paid are determined by the

minimum award for a given industry or an enterprise agreement that exists within the


Extra confusion has been caused this year as the NSW Government has gazetted

the 28th

December as the public holiday for Boxing Day which falls on a Saturday.

Unions in NSW are expecting an influx of enquiries as employees try and work

through the complexities to see what they’re entitled to. 

“We’re asking all employees and employers to work co-operatively in the spirit of the

holidays to resolve what is a difficult situation.” Mr Lennon said.

The NSW Government has gazetted the following days over the holiday period as

public holidays:

Christmas Day

Friday, 25 December

Boxing Day

Monday, 28 December

New Years Day

Friday, 1 January

Unions NSW said that anyone who is having difficulty finding their award or

enterprise agreement should call their union or Unions Australia on 1300 486 466.


Mark Lennon

Secretary Unions NSW

0427 231 800

Enquiries:     Stephen Dampf    Acting Communications Officer     0405 663 466

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