Strangled by red tape
WANGARA business owner Richard Catlin says the “sheer volume” of red tape is stifling small businesses.
He has been running Bosch Timber Floors for the past eight years and said the amount of safety, trading and human resources regulations were a “never ending issue”.
“We don’t not want to look after our staff but it goes over and beyond,” he said.
Mr Catlin is urging the future State Government to reduce the amount of bureaucracy facing small business owners, ahead of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of WA and the Times’ election candidate debate in Wanneroo on Wednesday, February 22.
He described his situation where one of his part-time staff is a working mum and occasionally wants to change her hours such as during school holidays, but he must pay her a higher rate for any hours outside what was previously agreed.
“It becomes inflexible for the employer and employee,” he said.
Richard Catlin want to see red tape cut. www.communitypix.com.au d465245