Following on from the landmark agreement reached by Business SA and the Shop Distributive and Allied Employees’ Association on the topic of penalty rates the NSW Business Chamber has requested this state’s union movement to do the same. The South Australian agreement sees Saturday penalty rates abolished and Sunday and Public Holiday penalties reduced in return for higher base rates of pay and guaranteed annual pay rises. NSWBC said excessive penalty rates are a barrier to retailers opening and employing people on Sundays and public holidays and are forcing business closures. When cafes and restaurants can’t afford to open, casual workers not only miss out on penalty rates, they aren’t paid a wage at all. It’s time for the NSW union movement to come to the table and work with the business community for what’s best for the NSW economy which is getting people into work.