I HAVE worked in the hospitality industry for over eight years and have never expected penalty rates (‘‘Topics: Serving up blame over penalty rates’’ Herald 7/4).
It is no secret that the hospitality industry requires you to work nights, weekends and public holidays.
It’s all apart of the deal, it’s what you’re signing up for.
Why should I be paid $40 an hour on a Sunday evening (plus more on a public holiday), for unskilled labour such as pulling beers, polishing glasses and cleaning tables?
It’s ludicrous to work in the hospitality industry and expect penalty rates when their removal ultimately benefits the customer.
Although customers will see major benefits such as lower prices and being able to purchase goods and services when it suits them, employees will also see benefits such as higher customer turnover, resulting in more shift opportunities.
The removal of penalty rates would also provide more employment opportunities for the unemployed, which will help the current unemployment issue in Newcastle.