Member for Narracan, Gary Blackwood, has used debate in the Victorian Parliament to call on the Andrews Government to prove their support for business owners and roll back the planned additional public holidays on Grand Final Eve and Easter Sunday.
Mr Blackwood said one local winery operator would face costs so high that they would not open their doors on Grand Final Eve which had been touted by the Andrews Government as a day for families to get out across Victoria over a long weekend.
“The business employs 10 full-time staff, 4 permanent part-time staff and up to 20 casuals during peak periods and is very successful, having won many state and regional awards,” Mr Blackwood said.
“On the grand final eve public holiday, penalty rates will increase from normal rates by two and a half times. It will mean a huge increase in wages from an average of 30 per cent of turnover to 75 per cent and losses for the day of around 30 per cent.
“The restaurant will therefore have to be closed, with the following consequences: permanent staff still have to be paid, meaning a direct loss of approximately $2000 to the business, and up to four permanent part-time and six casuals will not have a job on that day.
Easter Sunday will deliver another financial blow to the business as it trades at a significant loss rather than disappoint their loyal customers.
“On the Easter Sunday public holiday, penalty rates will increase from one and a half times the normal rate to two and a half times the normal rate.
“Sunday is the business's biggest trading day, and it will have to try to keep the restaurant open to keep faith and continuity with its customers.
“The Premier says every single job counts. He has no idea how a business operates and clearly does not care.
“The stupid decision to introduce two extra public holidays is going to cost thousands of jobs."