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AHA defends decision of independent umpire

Trade union united voice has lodged an application for judicial review of the decision of the Fair Work Commission’s review of the Hospitality Industry (General) Award.

The AHA will be defending the decision of the independent umpire.

“The union is embarrassed its arguments before the independent Commission were rejected,” AHA National CEO Stephen Ferguson said today.

“The Commission found a lower Sunday penalty rate would increase the level and range of services offered in the hospitality sector with a consequent increase in employment.

“After a three year transition from July 1 2019, full time and part time employees will receive penalty rates of 150% and casual employees remain on 175 percent for working on Sundays.

“The AHA supports additional remuneration being paid for weekend work and the independent Fair Work Commission found the new rates to be ‘fair and relevant’ for employers and employees.

“It’s our view that any technical legal matters raised by the union have already been properly considered and explained by the Fair Work Commission in its decision.”

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