Small firm welcomes contracts

SMALL business owner Phillip Ward is looking forward to negotiating Australian Workplace Agreements with his 12 staff.

But the Yeppoon Kitchens owner/manager says he isn't out to rip staff off.

"I think there are certainly benefits in workplace agreements,'' he said.

"If we can sit down and work it out, it should benefit both parties.''

Mr Ward believed the Howard government's proposed indus- trial relations reform would give him more room to retain and attract good employees.

"Small businesses can't compete with larger industries like the mines so we have to look at other ways to attract workers.''

But Mr Ward who has been in business since 1981 ruled out using the contracts to take away workers' rights.

He said he needed to maintain a good working relationship with staff for the business to remain in operation.

"If the employees don't support you it won't work.''

And he said his stance was supported by members of the Housing Industry Association and other small businesses.



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