Ms. Kate Carnell of Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO) seeks input from small business owners in Australia regarding a proposal by Fair Works Commission president Iain Ross to create mandated higher pay rates for workers rather than penalty rates. The proposal covers those working in the fast food and retail industries. Carnell would like to know how the proposal would impact small businesses ability to maintain store hours and flexibility in staffing. She wants the government to hear the concerns of small business owners so that common ground can be found.
- As a small business advocate, it’s my job to listen to what small business owners are thinking about any given issue, and to create a means of allowing them to have their voice heard.
- Basically I’m interested to hear from small businesses about their views on things such as will the measure allow them to operate longer hours on weekends
- This issue is close to the hearts of most – if not all small businesses – and I’m sure each and every one of them has an opinion on this,” she said.
“we need to find common ground on this and reach a position that works for both employers and their workers, ensuring our small businesses don’t simply survive, but thrive”