Bunnings director of operations Debbie Poole said the company had no plans to reduce Sunday penalty rates.
Bunnings director of operations Debbie Poole said the company had no plans to reduce Sunday penalty rates.

Bunnings stands by penalty rates as AWU accused of hypocrisy

HARDWARE giant Bunnings has declared that any new enterprise agreement would pass the Fair Work Commission's "better off overall" test, amid a row over Sunday penalty rates.

Analysis provided by the federal Employment Department showed several deals struck by the Australian Workers' Union, which are due to expire this year, lifted weekday rates at the expense of Sunday rates.

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Bunnings director of operations Debbie Poole said the company had no plans to reduce Sunday penalty rates.

"Our base rates are well above the award,'' she said.

"We are confident that any new enterprise agreement will pass Fair Work's 'better off overall' test. We remain committed to continuing to provide our team with market-leading entitlements."

Employment Minister Michaelia Cash has accused the AWU of hypocrisy and trading away penalty rates when it suited them.

But the union said enterprise agreements ensured workers were always better off overall compared to the award.

"This is in stark contrast to the Fair Work Commission, where they have just cut workers' pay,'' an AWU spokesman said.

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