Victorian Small Business Minister sells out small business to the unions
COSBOA has expressed disbelief and despair with the Victorian government and in particular the Victorian Small Business Minister for wanting to create two extra public holidays when business conditions are tough and penalty rates are high.
Peter Strong CEO of COSBOA, said “There are enough public holidays without adding Easter Sunday and Grand Final Eve to a long list. Businesses will either close or make a loss on those days. The people who used to work on those days will likely not work at all and will miss that income. This is cynical politics by a small business minister who has failed in his job within the first few months.”
Mr Strong added “the previous Victorian government sold out to the big landlords just before the election was called and now the new government has sold out to the unions. Seems that both sides of Victorian politics dance to the beat of big business or big unions; are these now the ruling classes of Victorian society?”
COSBOA knows that any impact on the budget of a small business by extra costs such as these holidays. There will be no winners in the long term and some future more mature government will remove these holidays and not suffer any pain from voters for doing so. We all would like more time off work but the normal thinking person knows a rort when they see one.
Peter Strong added further “The Small Business Minister’s position will now be known as the Minister for Public Holidays and the government has lost any credibility with the sector.”