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Penalty rates fight: Productivity Commission to report

THE Productivity Commission is expected to call for an overhaul of penalty rates in a final report into workplace relations due today.

The report is expected to recommend bringing Sunday penalty rates in some industries in line with time-and-a-half paid on Saturdays, reducing the overall pay.

This would include those in the entertainment, hospitality and retail industry, but not other workers, including emergency workers such as paramedics.

Unions and the Federal Opposition are gearing up for a fight, saying those who are forced to work on Sundays should not have their conditions cut.

But business groups have said the move would help take the pressure off the retail and fast food sectors.

-ABC News