The Northern Territory news Sat 26 Nov 2016
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SATURDAY NOVEMBER 26 2016 NEWS 03 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Your only chance to win our record prize is to pick up tomorrows SUNDAY TERRA BINGO HAS CRACKED ... $44,000 Penalty pay puts firms off EXISTING penalty rates are a deterrent to employment on Sundays and public holidays the peak body representing the hospitality sector says. Australian Hotels Association NT says it supports additional remuneration for employees working weekends or public holidays, but such pay needs to be fair. Hospitality employers are willing to provide more work on these days and hospitality workers are willing and available to work on these days, AHA NTs Des Crowe said. Penalty rates which deter employment on Sundays and public holidays are neither fair nor relevant to the contemporary hospitality industry. Mr Crowe was responding to calls by hospitality union United Voice for Northern Territory for employers to do the right thing by promising to maintain current wage rates if the Fair Work Commission gives the go ahead to weekend penalty rates cuts. United Voice NT Branch secretary Erina Early said if the Commission approves an application by employer groups to cut weekend pay, hospitality workers would see their wages slashed by up to 30 per cent. United Voice is calling on employers to do the right thing by agreeing to maintain existing pay rates, she said. They know their staff give up a lot to keep their businesses running every Saturday and Sunday. We urge employers to do the right thing so that hospitality workers and their families can have a happy Christmas and a viable future in their industry. Mr Crowe said the industry is seeking a reduction, not the scrapping of penalty rates. He pointed to the Gunner Governments decision to declare two extra public holidays for workers over Christmas as an example of the harm penalty rates cause. Businesses which would have previously opened are now saying they are not going to because the penalty rates the public holidays now attract will make it financially unviable, Mr Crowe said. When tourism and hospitality businesses are faced with increased penalty rates for additional public holidays their operational options are: close the business (on those days); Reduce the trading hours of the business; reduce the usual services on offer by the business; or trade normally and bear the additional costs. GARY SHIPWAY Six Tanks Brewery manager Tess Petho has opened a new brewery in Darwin CBD on Mitchell St Picture: IVAN RACHMAN Pitcher perfect craft beer IF Territorians feel like getting a little fancy with their beer consumption, they now have a place to wet their whistle. The dream of a craft beer bar in the NT, mused over the minds of Tess Petho and John Van Commenee, has now become a reality. Six Tanks Brewing Co opened on Monday, bringing in a tonne of customers eager to try out Mitchell Sts newest addition. Ms Petho, a brewer and craft beer enthusiast, said the Territory was the one state in Australia lacking in craft beer options. John really wanted to open a bar and I had a concept and we put our dream together and brought craft to Darwin, she said. All the beers that we serve are a collaboration of different breweries from all over the world and well continue to change these over so its always different. Serving an eclectic range of food perfectly matched with a cold beer like drunk chicken, ribs and white bait Six Tanks Brewing Co is setting the bar high for other places in Darwin. We spent a lot of time with designers making sure this was really open, airy, inviting and something with colour so people can come all year round, she said. Its been very busy at lunch and after work so everybody has been drinking all the different crafts. With our own beers brewed on site, the American Pale Ale has been the most popular followed by the IPA and then the Amber Ale. The Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar is a one off from America so well get specialty brews that will come in and we wont get again. Six Tanks Brewing Co is now open at 69 Mitchell St. MOLLY BAXTER