Pinchy the giant Lobster urges Matthew Guy to keep Grand Final Eve public holiday

Pinchy, a 5 metre tall inflatable lobster, will be joining activists outside the State Library on Thursday afternoon to demand Matthew Guy commit to keeping the Grand Final Eve public holiday.

When:            4pm Thursday 28 September

Where:           State Library of Victoria - meeting on the steps

Thanks to penalty rate cuts endorsed by the Turnbull Government, level 1 Hospitality and Restaurant award workers stand to lose $37 for an 8 hour shift on Friday, the first Victorian public holiday since the cuts came into effect. Pharmacy, Fast Food and Retail award workers could lose $40 for the same shift.

If Matthew Guy cuts the Grand Final Eve public holiday, these workers would lose an extra $188 and $200 respectively for the same shift.

Quotes attributable to Luke Hilakari, Secretary Victorian Trades Hall Council:

“Matthew Guy is threatening to pinch this public holiday from us, because he can’t stand the idea of some workers receiving penalty rates for the day.”

“Hard-working Victorians deserve a day off now and then, and there is better no time than the biggest sporting event in Victoria, in what would otherwise be a five month gap between public holidays.”

“The people hurt most by Liberal penalty rate cuts can’t afford fancy lobster dinners and they can’t rely on the generosity of wealthy property developers to pay the bills.”

“Any attack on penalty rates, by Malcolm Turnbull or Matthew Guy, is a wage cut low-paid workers can’t afford and don’t deserve.”

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