“Defend small business on rates”

The Australian, March 20, 2017

The Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation, Angus Taylor, says the government must stand up for the interests of small business owners following the industrial umpire’s decision to slash Sunday penalty rates.

He seized on today’s analysis showing that union wage deals with fast-food giants like KFC meant that workers were receiving Sunday penalty rates well below the award – making it much harder for mum and dad café owners to compete.

‘This is a very serious issue,” he told Sky News. “What you’ve got is a little café or retailer competing against a big one and that little café or retailer doesn’t get the benefit of that agreement which is a sweetheart deal done by the unions.”

“I think we need to get in and defend small business,” Mr Taylor said. “They are a core constituency and for good reason, because they are the engine room of our economy.”

“I want us to go hard on supporting small business… They do drive jobs and investment and wealth creation.”

“I think we’ve always been the champion of small business. We just need to stay there and – this government – since 2013 has been a very staunch defender of the interests of small business.”