Independent grocers’ plea to Queensland political leaders: Unlock Qld Jobs

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

Your typical family-owned supermarket, like an IGA, hires more people for every dollar spent in their stores, compared to corporate chain supermarkets.

Through the new Unlock Qld Jobs campaign, local stores are now calling on the Queensland Parliament to back three job-creating measures.

· Making trading hours pro family-owned business, so more Queenslanders can be employed, as opposed to laws that favour big companies who employ less people for every dollar of turnover.

· Creating new markets for independent alcohol producers in Queensland, by allowing family-owned businesses like IGAs to sell alcohol made by independent QLD alcohol producers.

· Making payroll tax fairer by reducing or exempting small family-owned shops from payroll tax so they can employ more Queenslanders.

IGA owner, Roz White, said Queensland’s family-owned shops can unlock even more jobs for local Queenslanders if the policy settings better support them.

Queensland Treasury says 83,000 Queenslanders have lost their jobs in the past six months.

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

“Queensland family-owned businesses are the heart and soul of communities across the state and the 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.

“It is small family-owned businesses that employ more locals for every dollar spent and don’t rely on automating and centralising 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.”

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