Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull,
Everyone deserves a secure job, even young people.
Let’s be real. You are replacing 10,000 fully paid jobs with tax payer paid $4 an hour positions for young working people. It’s just free labour for retailers.
Your PaTH progam is a path to poverty. Mr Turnbull, why don’t young people deserve to be paid properly? Why don’t they get proper training? Why don’t they deserve normal workplace rights?
It’s just another example of our broken rules. Rules that give big business, chains like Bakers Delight, too much power.
“PaTH” is a con. It doesn’t get young people jobs. It doesn’t provide them with skills or qualifications. It just gives big business free labour.
Youth unemployment is at crisis levels. Most young people have never known a paid sick day. This “solution” will only put more money in the pockets of the big retail chains.
Young people deserve real opportunities.
End PaTH now and give young workers a chance, not a consignment to poverty.
Why is this important?
Because PaTH is a con designed to rip off young people and put more money in the pockets of big retail chains.
The day after cutting retail workers’ penalty rates pay under the lie that it will create jobs, the Turnbull Government is driving young people into $4 an hour arrangements with big companies that will avoid paying penalty rates altogether and ensuring they remain in entrenched poverty.
Young working people are already up against it;
- We have double-digit youth unemployment figures across the country.
- Apprenticeships have dried up and now come with university style government loan debts.
- The cost of studying at university and TAFE is exorbitant.
- Young people working on weekends and public holidays face penalty rate cuts.
- Most young people have never even known a paid sick day
Turnbull’s PaTH program will do nothing for young people beyond churning them through short-term, dead-end placement. It will take away full wage paying positions, denying Australians of decent work, and will entrench the current situation of soaring profits and stagnating wages.
Young people are being driven into programs that will not guarantee a job. Only 15 per cent of PaTH internships have resulted in real jobs.
Under PaTH, business is benefiting at the expense of workers. The rules need to change to stop the exploitation of young people.