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Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

IT SEEMS ab­surd many busi­nesses which rely on the tourist trade in the Dou­glas re­gion may be forced to close on Sun­days.

As the new award wage rules eat into the bot­tom line for re­tail­ers and restau­rants in par­tic­u­lar, it is sim­ply be­com­ing un­vi­able for some to open on a Sun­day or a pub­lic hol­i­day and pay the ex­tra penalty rates.

With Sun­days usu­ally the day when the Dou­glas re­gion at­tracts the most vis­i­tors, this is a harsh re­al­ity.

While the new laws were in­tro­duced by the Fed­eral Govern­ment to in­crease wages for staff, it may in fact have the op­po­site af­fect, par­tic­u­larly in our re­gion.

If busi­ness own­ers can’t af­ford to open on Sun­days be­cause of the wages spike then ob­vi­ously staff won’t be able to cash in on the changes.

As an ex­am­ple, some­one work­ing in a re­tail shop on a Sun­day will be el­i­gi­ble for $40 an hour from 2014.

This is sim­ply too much for many re­tail­ers to af­ford and Port Dou­glas could be a ghost town on Sun­days when vis­i­tors flock to visit the mar­kets or sim­ply kick back at the beach. Surely there must be a bet­ter so­lu­tion to en­sure em­ploy­ees and em­ploy­ers can sur­vive.

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