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Issue #1768      March 8, 2017

Far too good for far too long

A checkout operator at Coles’ Port Adelaide store has told Common Tern she was expecting the Fair Work Commission to hand down its decision to cut penalty rates while she scanned barcodes last Sunday morning.

“I can’t believe they’ve waited ’til Thursday,” she said. “Anyone would think they don’t work Sundays. It’s weird as. I turned the radio on when I crawled out of bed at 6 am expecting to hear the news, but all I could hear was Macca interviewing some farmer at a Lions Club sausage sizzle.”

The single mum, who has been working three casual jobs to make ends meet, says she understands penalty rates have been hurting business and is relieved at the decision.

“I’ve been expecting this,” she said. “We’ve had it far too good for far too long and now business owners can afford to take all weekend off to spend valuable family time together. It really is about time.”

The Common Tern flies over the heads of some but beware not to take him too seriously.

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