AIG demands cuts to “hair and beauty” penalty rates

From the Australian Industry Group:

“On behalf of Hair and Beauty Australia (HABA), Ai Group Workplace Lawyers has filed submissions and evidence in the Fair Work Commission’s Hair and Beauty Industry Penalty Rates Case on behalf of the employers in the industry,” Australian Industry Group Chief Executive, Innes Willox, said today.

“In the Fair Work Commission’s major Penalty Rates Decision last year, that lowered Sunday and public holiday penalty rates in the retail, fast food, hospitality and pharmacy industries, the Commission announced that penalty rates would be reviewed in the hair and beauty industry.

“There are obvious similarities between the hair and beauty industry and the retail and pharmacy industries:

  • Businesses in each of these industries predominately sell to consumers;
  • A large range of hair and beauty products are sold by businesses in each of the industries;
  • Businesses in each industry operate from similar locations, such as shopping strips and shopping malls;
  • The opening hours of businesses in the three industries are often similar; and
  • Lease arrangements for businesses in each industry are similar, with many businesses required by the terms of their leases to open on Sundays.

“For the same reasons that Sunday and public holiday penalty rates have been adjusted in the retail, fast food, hospitality and pharmacy industries, penalty rates need to be adjusted in the hair and beauty industry. The existing penalty rates are no longer fair or relevant in contemporary workplaces.

“HABA is seeking a modest reduction in Sunday penalty rates from double time to time and one half, and in public holiday rates from double time and one half to double time and one quarter.

“Hearings in the case will take place before a Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission later this year,” said Mr Willox.

Since when was “hair and beauty” a manufacturing sector? Then again, there is no wage cut that the AIG does not like with Mr Willox also the chair of the growth lobby, otherwise known as the Migration Council.

Note that one of the offending businesses highlighted in the Western Sydney Fair Work sting was a hair salon and you can be absolutely certain that the proliferation of migrant-staffed personal pampering services underway on every major city High Street is a wages black hole.

As well, hairdressers remain on the national skills “shortages” list so coolies can already be picked off from offshore. And is it any wonder? Check out the apprenticeship rates:

And why have training rates fallen? Visas. Creating “shortages” requiring yet more visas.

Here we have yet another example of the full blown wages demolition being mounted by “industry” and the Federal Government via all means possible.

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  1. the indian truck drivers turning up at my factory now are on visa’s for hair dressing… I’ve cancelled my AIG membership and sent that bovine faced sell out willox a letter explaining why 🙂

  2. Kormanator_T800

    Any local company not using 457 visas to the maximum possible is throwing profits away.
    They cost 0.6 of what a local costs, and we can work them harder as they don’t want the visa cancelled.

    And interestingly enough, Hairdressers (skilled code 391111) are remain on the skilled (457) visa list [1]. Lobbying money well spent!


  3. Add this: Gold coast has 40 hours to save film industry (it aint gunna happen)
    Film workers facing an uncertain future hope their #myjobmatters campaign will convince the federal government to boost tax incentives to protect their jobs and the local $3 billion film and tv industry.
    71% of the 750 local cast and crew employed on feature aquaman, filmed last year, are not currently working in film. Screen queensland ceo tracey vieira said almost two thirds (64%) of the 21% still in the industry had moved overseas for work.
    Stakeholders including SQ want the federal government to introduce a standard 40% film and tv production offset and 30% location offset.

    • meh. Turn of the century Aussie film business was booming. Lots of Hollywood money heading to the Goldie, but AUD was in the $0.50-$0.60ish range at the time.

      • Yep. Lots of people forget that in year 2000 we even had a competitive IT export sector thanks to our exchange rate, not to mention tourism, the aforementioned film industry and manufacturing all sorts of high end bits and bobs.

        Then along came equity maaaaaaate! And the seeds of our destruction were sown 🙁

    • At any given time there are a thousand special-interest groups lobbying for taxpayer handouts.

      We are a handout society from top to bottom.

  4. These industry groups should attack the cost of doing business and living, not the cost of employment. By deflating the land bubble, reducing the utility costs and going after the other rentseekers the cost of doing business is reduced and their employees can make their salary, or wage go further.

    A second suggestion, made by another commenter yesterday, is for the group to weed out those in their industry who undercut by not meeting their legal responsibilities.

    • ErmingtonPlumbingMEMBER

      Its the Government that needs to Prosecute and Fine into Bankruptcy,… Employers exploiting workers and breaking the rules, Not some industry self regulation BS!
      What is it the Chinese say,…Sometimes you gotta kill a Chicken, to scare,…the Chickens?
      No wait,…the monkeys.
      The Laws are meaningless without proper, across the board, enforcement.

    • I’ve said it a thousand times before and I’ll say it another thousand: you cannot solve (or attack) these issues with ‘policy’. The root cause is the monetary system — money is virtually free to borrow, almost worthless. Of course, you are going to get asset bubbles all over the joint and of course wealth inequality is going to go to the moon in this environment. If money was actually scarce (or truly valuable) you would never be able to borrow at 3 or 4% to fund the purchase of a house. It would be more like 10 or 12% or more. It would be at a level that actually reflected its value to the lender. Banks lend money into existence without any practical limit, anchored at all times by the central bank cash rate.

      Sorry, people who advocate ‘policy’ to solve any of these issues are howling at the wind. End the Fed and banish central banking altogether.

      • We need a way to counter fiat, but just simply removing interest expense from tax allowances across everything would go a long way.

  5. They’re really trying to pull the pin on immigration here.

    Yesterday the flogs were after no minimum wage increase.
    Today hairdressers get wage cuts.

    Are they trying to rile the masses to vote for the FU party?

  6. It takes 4 years to train to be a hairdresser.

    Are they going to cut accountants or lawyers wages next? because they take 4 years of training too.

    No, didnt think so and Australia is churning out more accountants and lawyers than we need.

    More women are in hospitality and hairdressing than men. Its going to increase the gender paygap even further. Any guy that doenst think this is a really bad idea is crazy, because the less your partner earns the harder the man in the relationship has to work to make up for it.

    Make your life easier, pay women more so you can work less.

    • I got my hair cut on the weekend and idly wondered how long it took to get a qualification to do it. My guess was 6 weeks to acquire the skill, but 6 months to get the piece of paper.

      Looks like there’s more to it than I thought.

      And all of the staff in the shop were immigrants or at least not native English speakers.

      • Fire a 457 barber – shave your head bald!

        Aside to needing just one paper-towel sheet to dry, you have an added extra-benefit: alopecia will not worry you anymore.

  7. Mining BoganMEMBER

    Maybe hairdressing is manufacturing.

    El Trumpo and Michalia Cash are prime examples of it.

  8. I think a lot of barbers are sole traders. Some used to command $25 for a haircut in 2008. Now the Greens have destroyed them and millions of Aussies.

    I think British small businesses were smart enough to lobby against mass illegal-wage immigration and demand Brexit. The small businesses of AUS are…ignorant, to put it mildly.

  9. Have seen a few new places popping up in the middle of shopping centres where a men’s style cut is $10 and one for women is $20. The setup is very basic – a pop up stall with a couple of seats, power outlets, and a ticket machine to save on money collection. Not really sure how the places renting larger shopfronts charging more than double are able to compete with this.