Nelson talks tough on unfair dismissal
Wednesday, June 11, 2008/
Opposition leader Brendan Nelson has reinforced the Coalition’s opposition to the removal of the small business exemption from unfair dismissal claims in a speech to a national small business summit in Sydney today.
In a strong pitch for the allegiance of business owners, Nelson told the Council of Small Business of Australia national summit the exemption has been central to achieving Australia’s current low level of unemployment.
“We feel very strongly about the exemption from unfair dismissal laws for small business; we will take a strong stand on that in opposition and in government,” Nelson says.
The Coalition also remains committed to individual statutory agreements backed by a no-disadvantage test, strong freedom of association laws and the retention of the Australian Building and Construction Commission, Nelson says.
He also criticised Labor for recent cuts to small business programs such as Commercial Ready and the Small Business Field Officer program, although he did not commit to fighting for their return.
“Contrary to what the Government would have us believe, these steps were not part of a program to take an axe to inefficient spending – it was just a case of the Government axing spending to people it felt it did not value,” Nelson says.
Nelson’s comments came after a speech from COSBOA chief executive Tony Steven in which he called for a massive increase in support for small business from all levels of government.
In the wake of yesterday’s small business advisory group meeting with Small Business Minister Craig Emerson, Steven also reaffirmed COSBOA’s strong support for the unfair dismissal exemption.
“We are closely working with the Small Business Minister on the fair dismissal code and this document must provide real protection to employers from go-away money,” Steven says.
Read more on unfair dismissal
Be honest about your situation: How vulnerability helps businesses thrive Sue Parker DARE Group founder
Own it: The 10 things you need to do to manage your personal brand Lisa Stephenson Who Am I Projects founder
Six invaluable lessons: What 20 years in aged care taught me about being an entrepreneur Natasha Chadwick NewDirection Care founder
An entrepreneurial superpower: Eight tips to help develop resilience Adala Bolto ZADI Training co-founder
Going through a lull? Five areas you should invest in when sales drop Tamara Alaveras and Sonia Majkic 3 Phase Marketing co-founders
Stop telling us how busy you are, it's boring and charmless Ian Whitworth Scene Change co-founder
Blandification™ and the state of modern branding Jeffrey Oley The Offices co-founder
Why you should find the right role for the right person — not the other way around Bruce Stronge Outfit founder