For the last two weeks Margarita has waged an epic campaign to get a meeting with Malcolm Turnbull to ask him why he supports cutting her penalty rates.
She only earns $30,000 and stands to lose $2,000 every year. It’s a pay cut she can’t afford and doesn’t deserve.
So yesterday, Margarita flew to Canberra to track Malcolm down. And what followed surpassed every expectation:
6.30AM: While waiting for her flight, Margarita sees her full page ad in the paper demanding a meeting with Malcolm. It was crowdfunded by over 700 people across the country raising $22,000 – who all stand with her and 700,000 retail, fast food & hospitality workers facing a pay cut.
8.30AM: Margarita arrives at Parliament House ready to find the PM and ask him why he is cutting her pay.
9.30AM – 12.00PM: Margarita spends the morning meeting with MPs across the country who supported her. Over and over, they told her they’re with her 100% in the fight to stop cuts to her penalty rates.
12.15PM: #MeetWithMargarita started trending on Twitter – in the #1 spot! Support was pouring out across the whole country.
12.30PM: Margarita meets Labor Leader, Bill Shorten. He tells her he will always fight for working people – just like her.
1.00PM: Senate votes YES to protecting penalty rates, after cross-bench senators Derryn Hinch, Nick Xenophon & Pauline Hanson do a backflip and abandon Malcolm Turnbull.
3.15: Margarita watches Turnbull in Question Time try to defend his cuts. She’s just metres away but he’s too gutless to meet her. Or perhaps he was too busy fine-dining with the very same bosses who want to cut her pay.
4.00PM: Tanya Plibersek tells parliament why she was so proud to #MeetWithMargarita. And she gives Libs shouting across the room a major burn.
4.30PM: Margarita sets off for home, feeling rightly proud of how one strong, courageous woman conquered Canberra.
6.30AM (the next day): Margarita wakes up this morning to find out she is on the front page of the Australian! They were trying to attack her – but the reality is she couldn’t be prouder to be union.
Margarita showed Canberra and the Liberals she is a force to be reckoned with. She is not scared. And she’s going to keep standing up in her union and fighting for what’s right.