As part of a new industrial relations overhaul, part-timers who work in food and retail jobs will lose overtime payments when they take on extra hours. The plan will also criminalise wage theft but shield small businesses that receive bad employment advice.
The “part-time flexi” role will create a new category of employment for tens of thousands of businesses in the food, accommodation and retail sectors and will be put to Parliament this week.
Unions have welcomed the move to raise penalties for underpayment but the new perma-flexi category has been received cautiously by the Australian Council of Trade Unions, which said it opposed anything that would take workers backwards.
In this episode, senior journalist Jacqueline Maley and industrial relations reporter Nick Bonyhady discuss the government's industrial relations overhaul and how it will affect workers.
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