Business

Coast businesses and pollies have a say on penalty rates

BUSINESSES on the Fraser Coast struggling to open their doors on Sundays have welcomed calls made by the Productivity Commission to reduce weekend penalty rates for staff.

For retail business owner Nettie Sutherland, who operates her women's clothing business from the Stockland Hervey Bay Shopping Centre, employing staff on a Sunday was not an option because of the costs.

Retail shop businesses are currently slugged with casual Sunday staff penalty rates of at least $37.98 an hour (based on flat rates of $23.74 applicable throughout the week).

"I am the only one to work Sundays as it is too expensive to put someone on," Ms Sutherland said.

The Productivity Commission's latest and final report was released in late December and said Sunday penalty rates were "excessive".

It stated small-to-medium sized businesses have had trouble transitioning to seven-day-trading.

That is all-too familiar for Maryborough business owner Shuping Pang, who runs Crepe Club six days a week.

"The (Sunday) rate is too high and we cannot afford it," she said. Ms Pang said she thought Sunday penalty rates weakened an already struggling economy, by forcing small businesses to shut up shop on the day's staff employment was too costly.

She said the local unemployment rate could be helped if penalty rates dropped and businesses could afford to open on Sunday.

Staff at Urangan's Bayswater Hotel said a loss in weekly earnings could hit employee hip-pockets hard.

Apprentice cook Michael Gibbs, 22, said he wouldn't like to work Sunday's if penalty rates were reduced.

"Sunday rates are the reason everyone loves working Sunday," he said.

"It helps out financially."

Maryborough MP Bruce Saunders said the idea to reduce the wages of those working in minimum wage jobs was "bad".

"(It is about) driving down people's wages and working people already have it very tough," Mr Saunders said.

"Where do we go from here... and where does it stop?"

He also said reduced earning capacity for low income earners could negatively affect local businesses in the long term, which defeated the purpose of reducing Sunday penalty rates.

Mr Saunders said those affected would be less likely to "shop local", preferring to spend dollars at multi-national companies that are able to stock foods and products at cheaper prices.

Topics:  penalty rates productivity



10 best street art spots to take an Insta selfie

IF YOU are in need of a few trendy new Instagram snaps, then get your phone and selfie-stick ready and head to Brisbane.

Where to find the best coffee

Strauss is known for its superb brew.

COFFEE snobbery is at an all-time high.

Theatre royalty graces Brisbane stage

Don't miss Charles Edwards in this incredible theatre performance.

WHEN acting royalty comes to town, you sit up and take notice.

Don’t go chasing waterfalls…find them on these drives!

The Scenic Rim is just one place nearby that you'll love.

BRISBANE isn’t all bright lights and city slickers.

Your boots are made for walking these tours

Brisbane Greeters tours are a great way to learn the local history of the city.

YOU don’t need a bike or bus for a seriously good tour of Brisbane.

Drink where the cool kids do this summer

There are a bunch of new bars open in Brisbane, make sure you're there!

CHECK out these new funky bars.

Discover Brisbane’s laneway gems

Brisbane's laneways will surprise you.

NOT all of Brisbane City is as it seems…

Local govt courses recommended from DILGP report

IN COURSE: Councillors will discuss the potential of courses in local government and directorship skills at Wednesday's meeting.

Councillors will discuss their potential on Wednesday

$50K upgrade on Tiaro RV stopover to start soon

Tiaro's RV stopover is getting a makeover from March 1.

A major upgrade is planned for the stop.

Queensland abortion push: Labor's last ditch bid

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Deputy Premier Jackie Trad.

The LNP partyroom voted to reject the legislation

Local Partners

The true cause of the Oscars bungle

THE Oscars have ended with a moment that left everyone speechless — but not in a way anyone expected.

HUGE OSCARS FAIL: Wrong film handed Best Picture award

Presenter Warren Beatty shows the envelope with the actual winner for best picture as host Jimmy Kimmel, left, looks on at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. The winner was originally announced as La La Land, but was later corrected to Moonlight.

IN A monumental stuff-up, La La Land incorrectly named Best Picture.

Blue Heelers' Ditch Davey joins 800 Words cast

Ditch Davey joins the cast of 800 Words as Terry, the younger brother of George, played by Erik Thomson.

George Turner's brother, Terry, arrives to Weld with a 'few demons'

Oscars winners 2017: Full list of Academy Award winners

Viola Davis accepts the award for best actress in a supporting role for Fences at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

WHO won Oscars this year? Here’s a full list of every winner.

Why can’t Nicole Kidman clap properly?

Nicole Kidman's style of clapping has puzzled Oscars viewers.

FOR some reason, it seems Nicole doesn’t really know how to clap.

Muslim actor makes Oscars history

Mahershala Ali accepts the award for best actor in a supporting role for Moonlight at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

MOONLIGHT star Mahershala Ali makes Academy Award history.

NO ONE OFF LIMITS: Kimmel burns down the house at Oscars

Host Jimmy Kimmel speaks at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

HOST delivers a torrent of abuse on Hollywood’s night of nights.

PROPERTY: Investors snap up old charms in Maryborough

103 Cheapside Street, has plenty to offer at the asking price of $290,000.

As long as the price is right, they'll often get snapped up.

Mining homes dive: $600k homes sell for $120k-$300k

18 Yeates Street, Moranbah sold for $135,000 in December, after being repossessed by a bank. The owners bought for $545,000 in August, 2011.

The economy still has two speeds, but with a painful twist

Mackay's property market climbing like a Rocket Man

Renewed confidence in Mackay means more homes are being snapped up by those eager to plant their roots in the region.

There's movement in the real estate sector and it's all positive.

'Why we drove 800km to buy a treehouse with a disco ball'

The new owners have planned a few updates, but will stick with much of the original design.

A couple travelled almost 800km for the home of their dreams.

The trick homeowners are using to buy more properties

Chantelle Subritzky leaves her home each week for Airbnb guests.

Queenslanders are going down this path to help pay their mortgages

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!