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Workers to rally over wage cuts

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Cairns workers will rally outside Federal MP Warren Entch's office this afternoon, over the Turnbull Government's decision to cut penalty rates.

The Queensland Council of Unions claims Leichhardt is the regional Australian electorate worst-affected by the cuts because the city relies heavily on industry's like retail and hospitality which will be heavily impacted.

It is estimated that 9,348 local workers will lose an average of $2,253 each.

Queensland Council of Unions General Secretary Ros McLennan says federal Parliament will soon debate a motion to overturn the cuts to penalty rates.

“Only one vote is needed to cross the floor to end these cuts and save more than 9,000 families in and around Cairns from copping a reduction in their income,” said Ms McLennan said.

“It would be a wage cut these workers don’t deserve and can’t afford,” she said.

The rally is on this afternoon (18 May).

Cnr Aumuller St & 200 Mulgrave Rd (outside Warren Entsch’s office), starting at 3.30pm.

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