Ask almost any Victorian business and they will tell you the State Government’s decision to introduce two new public holidays is simply dumb.
And this is especially so for ‘Football Friday’, which the Government has announced for the day prior to the AFL Grand Final.
I speak to lots of members of Ai Group and have been involved with many member meetings. This is the issue causing them the greatest angst. In my discussions, not one business has supported the Government’s decision.
One exporter told me the cost to his company of not working on ‘Football Friday’ will be around $125,000. Other employers have simply said it’s a cost they will have to bear but which their competitors interstate and overseas are not paying.
Victoria now has 13 public holidays per annum. Queensland has 10. You can work out the sums. It leaves Victorian businesses in a less competitive position.
Ai Group has expressed its views to the Premier, the Treasurer and numerous Ministers. The Government is in no doubt about our position, nor how our members are feeling.
We ask the State Government to reconsider this public holiday, even if it means moving a current public holiday to ‘Football Friday’.
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