Penalty rate cut 'picking on young staff', says cafe owner

SPOON Full of Sugar Cafe owner Dan Oakhill has hit back at the Productivity Commission's calls to reduce Sunday penalty rates with his concerns younger workers would be disadvantaged.

Operating his business six days a week from Monday to Saturday, with cafe doors opened on the Sundays which coincide with major Maryborough events and festivals, Mr Oakhill said attention would be better paid on attracting more tourists to the Fraser Coast.

"The thing I didn't like was the 'we'll change penalty rates and it will all be rosy' idea," he said.

"I'd rather see governments, locally here think about how we can improve our businesses in Maryborough and how we can take advantage of tourists."

Mr Oakhill said he paid the two casual staff clocked on during a typical Sunday about $23-an-hour.

"I feel it is important that people who are willing to vie up a Sunday and work are looked after," he said.

"It is a futile money grab to pick on young workers."

Mr Oakhill said he would always be happy to pay penalty rates and was saddened by his young daughter's efforts in Brisbane to pay rent from weekend work earnings, while undertaking tertiary study.

"These rates are important to our young people who require the extra money to help them, often through education," he said.


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