A big sack of black coal given to small business retailers at Christmas, as Sunday Penalty Rates face increase.
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Australia, 1 December 2017: Small businesses face a crushing blow as the recent reduction in Sunday Penalty Rates could be repealed in time for Christmas, abandoning small businesses across Australia, in what should be the highest sale period of the year.
Australia’s largest independent retail and home delivery group, the lottery and newsagents industry, are appalled that our government representatives would increase our costs – particularly at the busiest time for retailers, when running costs are already high. This will spell disaster for the small business, the backbone of Australia’s economy, along with employment levels.
Adam Joy, CEO of the Australian Lottery and Newsagents Association, “The Australian Lottery and Newsagents’ Association urges politicians to restore support for small business and the Sunday Penalty Rates that were ruled by the Fair Work Commission earlier this year.”
On Monday at 9:30am there will be a procedural motion to support an Amendment Bill to repeal the Fair Work Commission’s ruling on Sunday Penalty Rates.
“If Sunday Penalty Rates are increased, many families will be taking a big cut this Christmas as small business will be forced to have fewer staff, work longer hours themselves, and let go hard working employees. The budget that retailers have to pay staff isn’t changing, and can’t change, so less people will be able to be paid.
“This is a massive setback for the retail industry. In less than eight months from when the Fair Work Commission handed down its decision and retailers
made new plans for the future of their businesses, this hard-fought victory is about to be snatched away from them.
“This action is difficult to comprehend when it will wreak havoc in the retail industry and seriously hurt small businesses. Overturning a decision that was made by an organisation created by the Parliament to make fair decisions for the future productivity and prosperity of this country, simply does not make sense.
“The Australian Lottery and Newsagents’ Association urges the Lower House to respect the Fair Work Commission’s decision and to not support this Amendment Bill.”
A simple way to look at it is that there is one Christmas pie available, and the size of the pie cannot change, so fewer people will be able to have a slice of the pie.
There are over 4,000 independent, family-owned lottery retailers and newsagents in Australia. The industry employs more than 20,000 people with a turnover of $6 billion and sees approximately 2.3 million people every day across Australia.
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Australian Lottery and Newsagents’ Association (ALNA)
The Australian Lottery and Newsagents’ Association (ALNA) is the only national and non-profit, industry body specifically for Australian newsagencies and lottery agents. Representing a significant part of the Australian economy, ALNA works tirelessly to better its members businesses, and to ensure a secure future for newsagencies and lottery agents.