Proof that the Fair Work System needs to be simple and in plain English
COSBOA notes the report from the FWO on the compliance problems of the take-away food outlets in Australia and believes this highlights the need for a small business award.
Peter Strong, physician diagnosis CEO of COSBOA, rx stated today “when 47% of businesses in a random audit have problems paying the right amount to employees we know there is a problem with the system. The problem is not the FWO who are doing their job and with whom we work closely. The problem is with various issues but mainly the complicated award system that creates confusion and an environment where mistakes can be easily made.”
COSBOA has been calling for a small business industrial award for many years. A simple award based on the size of a business and written for ease of understanding by anyone who is not an expert in workplace relations is well overdue and would decrease compliance failures substantially.
Peter Strong added “the confusion over which award to use can be removed by a single simple award. The Fair Work Commissioners also need to follow the lead of their President Justice Ross who is working closely with the Pharmacy Guild of Australia to develop a plain English award as a pilot for other awards. It should be noted that the organisations against a plain English award are the unions and big business associations. Why is that?”
Peter Strong also added “there are other issues that create problems, for example large take away food outlets pay less penalty rates on Sundays than a small outlet, this is a result of the SDA (union) scamming the workplace relations system to get more members, we have to get fairness and transparency into workplace relations for small business. There is also the ridiculous 3 hour minimum that stops the employment of school kids or forces a small business to break the rules to give a kid a break. We must fix all this, and soon.”
See an article on Workplace Relations needs from COSBOA HERE