Rochester restaurants have responded to a Fair Work Commission decision to change Sunday penalty rates.ELAINE COONEY May 22, 2014 8:15am
Rochester restaurateurs welcomed the Fair Work Commission’s decision to slash Sunday penalty rates for staff.
Restaurants need to pay staff time-and-three-quarters for Sunday, but from July 1 will have to pay time-and-a-half.
‘‘It’s pretty good for small business,’’ Shamrock Hotel owner Ian Crouch said.
‘‘You pay so much in penalties on Sunday that you put on fewer staff,’’ he said.
‘‘When you have dos and functions (on Sundays) you pull staff back to a minimum,’’ he said.
Kits Kafe owner Brooke Walkley said she and her husband Shane could now enjoy family time on Sunday and go to church.
Mrs Walkley said the move also gave more staff the opportunity to work one of the cafe’s busiest days.
Lockington Hotel owner Sandy Schroen said it would not affect her family-run business.
Criterion Hotel owner Adam Parker said he agreed with paying hospitality staff some penalty rates but Sunday penalty rates were too high.
‘‘They need to be fair and reasonable to everybody,’’ he said.
Because he operated a TAB he was obliged to open on Sundays and sometimes operated at a loss.
Criterion Hotel staff member Jan Windridge, who has been in the hospitality trade for 20 years, accepted the change.
‘‘We can’t afford to give that day away,’’ she said.
‘‘If you work for $100 a day or $10 you don’t have a choice, you depend on it.
‘‘You’ve got to do what pays the bills.’’
National group Restaurant and Catering chief executive John Hart said the result came after the association’s fight to change the penalty rate regime introduced through the Restaurant Industry Award in 2010.
‘‘I’m pleased to hear the decision to reduce casual loadings on Sundays from 175 per cent to 150 per cent will come into effect from July 1, 2014,’’ he said.
‘‘This will provide labour cost relief for restaurant and cafe operators currently trading on Sundays.
‘‘Businesses that are currently shut on Sundays may re-consider closing
He said the hospitality industry would save about $112 million each year.
A local driver took the sign ‘‘drive through’’ a bit too seriously on Monday night when he crashed into the Cricketers Arms Hotel bottle shop at Mooroopna about 8pm.
In a tight tense affair, the Yarrawonga Pigeons have defeated the Wodonga Bulldogs by 28 points at the JC Lowe Oval in Yarrawonga.
Tatura Community House held its annual High Tea fundraiser at the facility on Tuesday, with a full-house present to enjoy a sumptuous morning tea, good conversation and relaxing time together.
Sam Lowndes might have been the youngest member of the North-Eastern Knights under 13 hockey side, but he still made a big impact at the Junior State Hockey Championships in Melbourne last week.
Rochester Historical and Pioneer Society hosted an afternoon tea to recognise long-standing members Barrie and Flora Griffin and John and Margaret Harley.
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Scores of local farmers and concerned community groups will travel to Barham today to protest the Murray Darling Basin Plan in front of key Senators and Members of Parliament.
A planning scheme amendment to allow the expansion and redevelopment of the IGA supermarket at Heathcote has been approved by the Victorian Planning Minister Richard Wynne.
Last week work began on dismantling the historic Cobram Saleyards, marking the end of an era.
An exciting three-hole playoff saw Virginia Lange take a narrow win in the Deniliquin Ladies Golf Championship last Thursday.
The second annual National Herd Development Victorian Winter Fair was in action at the Bendigo Exhibition Centre last Wednesday and Thursday.
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