The Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry opposes the Federal Government’s Closing the Loopholes Bill which would reduce Victorian workers’ flexibility and freedom, drive up costs for consumers and make it more difficult to run a business not only in Victoria, but across Australia
The proposed changes are broad and vague and would give the Fair Work Commission new powers to force contractors and those in the gig economy to be made an employee if they fall into ambiguous categories.
The Victorian Chamber is also concerned about the additional right of entry powers for union officials. It is imperative that people who choose not to belong to unions have the same rights to personal safety, privacy, and freedom of association as those who choose to.
Thousands of hardworking Australians will be unfairly hit by another layer of regulatory burden added costs of doing business.
Moreover, these changes will drive up the cost of living and unfairly impact small businesses at a time when they can least afford it.
To be attributed to Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chief Executive Paul Guerra:
“The legislation is complex and will make it harder for businesses to employ people.
“This is not good for productivity or employment. This does not lead to higher wages, or more secure jobs.
“Whether you are in the labour hire industry, employ casuals or supply your services on a gig platform, the complexity increases.
“The Federal Government has not made the case for change and the Senate should reject it.
“We urge the Senate to hold a full enquiry, to come to Victoria and talk to the Chamber and Victorian business owners.
“While there are concessions for small businesses, we need fairness across large and medium business at every step.”
Mikkayla Mossop, firstname.lastname@example.org, 0423 883 945