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.