The State Government today released the Retail Trading Bill 2018 which seeks to deregulate shop trading hours in South Australia.
The legislation allows for the deregulation of shop trading 24/7, going well beyond the Government’s pre-election shop trading hours policy. As such, the Government can no longer claim that the changes to shop trading hours have been mandated by the South Australian people.
If the proposed changes are successful, no extra vehicles will be sold, overheads will rise and families will suffer. The viability of Independent Service Stations will be under threat, resulting in the increased cost of fuel for consumers.
The MTA has been at the forefront of the campaign against the changes to trading hours and today joined Legislative Councillors Frank Pangallo, John Darley, Emily Bourke, Tammy Franks and Mark Parnell, Opposition Leader Peter Malinauskas, the Lord Mayor and the South Australian Independent retailers Association on the steps of Parliament House to oppose the Bill.
Click the video below to hear from Frank Pangallo, Emily Bourke and MTA General Manager Anna Moeller in opposition to deregulation of shop trading hours.
This proposed legislation, flawed and riddled with unintended consequences, appears beyond power in part and unworkable in general. In its current form, the Bill introduced into Parliament will result in:
- Employees being forced to work on Sundays in small businesses
- Small businesses being forced to open on Sundays by large retail landlords
- Conflicts between this legislation and the FairWork Act which will benefit businesses with EBA’s at the expense of small businesses
All of the Members of Parliament present pledged their continued opposition to the Bill and gave an undertaking that they would vote down this legislation. Without their support the legislation cannot proceed.
For further comment, please contact the MTA’s Communications and Marketing Manager Daniel Forbes by calling 0447 476 497