How penalty rate cuts affect women and therefore the economy

Women and young Australians are set to be hardest hit by the Fair Work Commission decision to reduce Sunday penalty rates in varying amounts for workers in retail and hospitality with the exception of restaurants.

Women constitute 71.6 per cent of all part-time employees, according to the Workplace Gender Equality Agency.

This is largely because of the flexibility it provides many working mothers, and the attractive penalty rates also allow them to catch up on lost pay.

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