National penalty rates in the retail industry have been put on notice after a landmark agreement between Business SA and the shop assistants union.

Both sides have agreed to slash penalty rates on weekends in exchange for higher base rates and improved conditions.

One of which is the right to refuse work on weekends, Sundays, and public holidays.

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry is ecstatic. They believe the agreement will provide the long sought after shot-in-the-arm small businesses and retailers have needed.

“This template approach ives these small retailers a real opportunity to compete with larger retailers,” said Kate Carnell, chief executive of ACCI, to The Australian, “and also look at how they can grow their business and employ more people, particularly the significant number of youth that are unemployed.

“We are hopeful that this would flow across Australia.”

The  Shop Distributive and Allied Employees’ association (representing and Business SA (representing the retail industry) have confirmed the agreements with The Advertiser. Business groups have long lamented the expense of penalty rates, saying the cost impeded business and hiring. While unions believed the rates were fair compensation for working unsociable and outside business hours.

According to the new agreement penalty rates for Sundays will drop from 100 per cent loading to 50 per cent. Public holiday rates drop from 150 per cent to 100 per cent. Saturdays and weekday evening penalty rates are abolished completely.

However, workers are guaranteed an annual 3 per cent pay rise and the right to refuse to work on Sundays and public holidays. In addition, permanent workers will be given the right to every second weekend off.

The Fair work commission is yet to ratify the deal.

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