For Immediate Release
CONTACT: Mr Peter Strong
Focus on Small Business in Workplace Relations – Ideology Takes Second Place to Practicality
COSBOA congratulates Tony Abbott on his announcement of the coalition’s Workplace Relations policy.
Peter Strong, prescription case Executive Director of COSBOA said today “We have always stressed that dealing with small business people is as much about process and communication as it is about policy. There are proposals in this announcement that address the needs of the person who employs other people.”
The key components for small business are:
- a dedicated help line to the Fair Work Ombudsman for small business;
- the removal of any penalty for a small business person who has unwittingly made a mistake due to being provided with the wrong information;
- a special wages app to help determine wages in a much easier and accessible way; and
- a guide for those people employing for the first time.
COSBOA knows that these processes and applications will also benefit the workers in small business, hospital almost 5 million people, as they can feel more secure in the information they receive from their employer. These types of responses also show the small business person that their needs have been considered differently from the needs of big business, that ideology has taken second place to practicality. This will improve confidence in the small business sector.
Mr Strong added “We will continue to seek our own small business industrial award which would add greater transparency and flexibility in the small workplaces in Australia. We will also continue to confront the issue of penalty rates that are too high and rob people of jobs and force small business people to close on weekends and public holidays.”
Mr Strong also added “A very pleasing part of the announcement is the development of the guide for employing for the first time. We have been asking for this type of assistance for some 20 years. Currently employing for the first time, and being compliant, is next to impossible due to all the demands and the complexities associated with wages, OH&S, superannuation and the like. A guide for new employers is well overdue. We are also surprised that Mr Abbott didn’t mention the removal of the employers’ role in collection of superannuation. This is a workplace relations issue and we believe is one the best of the Coalition’s policies for the next election.”