I Heart Penalty Rates

Show your support for penalty rates!

  1. Change your profile picture to the image below;
  2. Print our "I  Penalty Rates" sign and take a selfie; and
  3. Sign our petition on the right telling Abbott what we think of his plan to cut our penalty rates.

Change your profile picture on Facebook!


Hit the link above to grab the profile picture size image - set it as your Facebook profile picture!

Download and print out the poster!


Click the link and download the poster. Write why you rely on or appreciate penalty rates and why you don't want Abbott cutting them. Then message us the shot on Facebook, or email us at: digital@actu.org.au!

When you work unsociable hours and miss out on time with family and friends, you deserve to be compensated -- that's why penalty rates exist. And they're an essential part of many workers' take-home pay that, if cut, would make life pretty difficult.

But here's the worrying truth, plain and simple: Tony Abbott is on the record supporting the elimination of penalty rates.

We know he's hearing the demands of big business loud and clear who are pushing him to make eliminating penalty rates a priority of his government should he be elected. But it doesn't have to be if enough of us demand penalty rates be protected.


TO: Tony Abbott, Leader of the Opposition 

Penalty rates are an important work right that many previous generations of union members have fought for, and that many Australians today rely on and deserve -- and we won't let them go without a fight. After all, when we work outside regular hours we’re missing out on time with our families and friends, it's not unreasonable to get paid a little extra.


Recent Campaigns

  • There's not much time, but together, we have the power to improve the conditions for all workers -- foreign and domestic -- here in Australia.
  • This election, we have a choice: a future where we value rights at work and invest in jobs; or a future where big businesses' voice is the only one that is heard. It’s clear which side of that equation Tony Abbott falls down on.