Small busi­ness shop­ping list

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

NED­LANDS res­i­dent and Bel­mont small busi­ness operator Wally Daly says lev­el­ling the field for in­de­pen­dent traders fac­ing the power of su­per­mar­ket chains and fran­chises re­quires more than just chang­ing penalty rates.

“My ar­gu­ment on penalty rates is if we are get­ting the top of the cream in sales, we are pre­pared to share it with our em­ploy­ees,” Mr Daly told the West­ern Sub­urbs Weekly.

He has owned Belvidere Street IGA for 24 years, and said he “did not mind” pay­ing time-and-a-half on Sun­days, and dou­ble time-and-a-half on pub­lic hol­i­days, when “we are do­ing well”.

What con­cerned him and other small busi­ness own­ers, was trad­ing hours be­ing al­tered “at times by the whim of the min­is­ter”, and the de­cline in govern­ment pay­roll tax rev­enue caused by the use of au­to­matic tell­ers at Coles and Wool­worths.

Small busi­ness own­ers also want their in­abil­ity to be a cor­po­rate body changed to al­low them to se­cure en­ter­prise agree­ments for their few work­ers.

“What small shops need is for State Awards to be in­te­grated with En­ter­prise Agree­ments, but the agree­ments are now af­fected by the no-dis­ad­van­tage test, which says there can­not be a loss of penal­ties or benefits,” Mr Daly said.

A Fair Work Com­mis­sion re­port on penalty rates due last Septem­ber may now not come out un­til next year, and Mr Daly said the Com­mis­sion should be left to “do its job” be­cause it would have some “far-reach­ing ef­fects”.

“Premier Colin Bar­nett and any fu­ture State leader should think se­ri­ously about re­in­stat­ing the State’s Small Busi­ness Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee so they can be in­formed on what small busi­nesses want be­cause, as John Howard said, we are the lifeblood of the econ­omy,” Mr Daly said.

Fall­ing tax rev­enue and the power of su­per­mar­ket chains is putting the squeeze on in­de­pen­dents.

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