A union has asked the Fair Work Commission to immediately conclude the penalty rates matter so it can appeal the decision in the Federal Court

United Voice, which represents hospitality workers as well as health and aged care workers and several other industries, says it anticipates the appeal could have flow-on effects to all awards impacted by the Commission’s decision.

The union says that it and its members are putting employers and the government on notice that United Voice does not accept the penalty rates decision.

“We are taking these steps to defend and improve the living standards of working people,” says Jo-anne Schofield, National Secretary of United Voice.

“We are standing up for hospitality workers who are unfairly impacted by this decision. And in doing so, we are standing up for all workers in this country.

“The Commission itself acknowledges that this decision will have a negative impact on some of the lowest paid workers in this country.

“Put simply, we cannot turn away and accept a decision that impacts so dramatically on our members and, potentially, on all workers. The decision must be challenged.”

United Voice says it will argue that the Commission has failed in its responsibility to properly consider the living standards and the impact that this decision will have on people who are already some of the lowest paid workers in the country. It will also relate to the Commission’s jurisdiction.

The union says it will seek a stay of the Commission’s decision until the Federal Court can hear the case.

The United Voice submission filed in response to the Fair Work Commission is available here.