Stran­gled by red tape

Wanneroo Times - - News - Laura Pond

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.

Picture: Marie Nirme

Richard Catlin want to see red tape cut. www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d465245

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