The Turnbull Government is slashing the Sunday and public holiday penalty rates for over 700,000 workers.

Workers in hospitality, retail, fast food and pharmacy will lose up to $6,000 a year.

This is an attack on hundreds of thousands across the country. 

Until now, weekend rates have compensated people for missing out on time with families and friends, sporting games and birthday parties.

The Liberal Government and many businesses supported cuts to penalty rates.  It will hurt families by cutting take-home pay. At the same time, the Prime Minister is giving business a giant tax cut. 

The cuts will flow-on to every industry.

Already penalty rates for restaurant workers and hairdressers are under review.

Anyone who works on a weekend or public holiday is at risk of a pay cut. 

No one will be immune from the downward pressure on wages and conditions. Those hardest hit will be the young, women and those in regional and rural NSW.

It will create an American style economy where people work two or three jobs and still can't make ends meet.

Unions have always stood together to fight for a fair day's pay for a fair day's work.

We will stand up, unite and work together to stop the Turnbull Government from treating workers with such contempt.

Here's what you can do: 

Join your union The Liberals are trying to steal our wages. The best way to protect your pay and conditions is to JOIN YOUR UNION and get your co-workers to join too.

Sign the petition

Write a letter to the editor

Email your MP

Talk to your friends, workmates and neighbours and get them involved. Use this fact sheet or petition to get the conversation started. You can also get your workplace to pass a resolution opposing the cuts to penalty rates, there's more information on how to do that here.

Ask your local businesses to pledge support for staff and vow not to cut penalty rates.

Check out businesses that have committed to preserve penalty rates and you can see who's on the record as supporting the penalty rate cuts here.

Tell your story about why penalty rates matter to you.

There are more resources to get you started here or check out the latest news.