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Independent grocers plea to political leaders: Unlock Qld Jobs

Family-owned businesses like IGAs are making the most of the upcoming election to campaign for change.

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Independent grocers plea to political leaders: Unlock Qld Jobs

Family-owned businesses like IGAs are making the most of the upcoming election to campaign for change.

Family-owned businesses like IGAs are banding together to urge Premier Palaszczuk and Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington to support small, family-owned businesses.

A  new nation-wide coalition of IGA proprietors have created the Unlock Qld Jobs campaign. The group reports that a typical family-owned supermarket, like an IGA, hires more people for every dollar spent in their stores, compared with corporate chain supermarkets.

And they want to do more. However, to make this happen, they say there must be changes to current rules and regulations

The Unlock Qld Jobs campaign is calling on the Queensland Parliament to back three job-creating measures. They are:

  1. Making trading hours favour family-owned business, so more Queenslanders can be employed, as opposed to laws that favour big companies who employ fewer people for every dollar of turnover.
  2. Creating new markets for independent alcohol producers in Queensland, by allowing family-owned businesses like IGAs to sell alcohol made by independent Queensland alcohol producers.
  3. Making payroll tax fairer by reducing or exempting small family-owned shops from payroll tax so they can employ more Queenslanders.

Sunshine Coast IGA owner, Roz White, says the Queensland Treasury figures show 83,000 Queenslanders have lost their jobs in the past six months and, with the appropriate changes, family-owned stores have the capacity to provide jobs and lower that number.

“The issue that matters most in this state election is jobs and who can unlock more jobs for Queenslanders and that’s small, family-owned businesses,” Ms White says.

“Queensland family-owned businesses are the heart and soul of communities across the state and they are job-makers dedicated to employing more locals.

“If we can make these common-sense changes, we can employ even more Queenslanders at a time that we all need to be doing all we can to create jobs.

“We want to grow even more jobs, and we need all political candidates in the upcoming election to get on board and help us Unlock Qld Jobs.”

To find out more, visit: iga.com.au/unlockqldjobs.

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