Home / Knowledge / News / Apparel/Garments / TFIA welcomes flexibility in negotiating with retail staff
TFIA welcomes flexibility in negotiating with retail staff
01
Oct '13
The Council of Textile and Fashion Industries of Australia (TFIA) has welcomed the recent decision by Fair Work Commission deputy president, Greg Smith, allowing fast food outlets greater flexibility to negotiate with their workers on public holiday compensation.

Council of Textile and Fashion Industries of Australia (TFIA) CEO Richard Evans says this is an important step for all stakeholders in the dynamic, consumer driven, service markets to understand flexibility in the workforce is key to sustainability.

“TFIA’s textile and fashion retailers have long said they need flexibility in being able to negotiate with staff on working public holidays,” Evans said. “Whilst this decision specifically relates to fast food outlets, it is an important first step to changing the old world culture of sacrosanct weekends.”

“Textile and fashion retailers know their most important assets leave every day, and hope they come back the following day,” Evans said. “But the market is now 7 days trade, and textile and fashion retailers need flexibility to ensure they remain sustainable.”

“Labour rates usually sit around 30% of cost, but on public holidays this can increase to 70%,” Evans said. “This unsustainable rate means textile and fashion retailers could be losing money when they open on public holidays to service the consumer market, as may be required by their retail lease conditions.”

“Textile and fashion retailers support penalty rates and overtime, but we think this should be applied after prescribed hours,” Evans said. “A person selling shoes on a Tuesday should not be penalised when compared to some one selling the same shoes on Sunday or a public holiday.”

The decision by the Fair Work Commission allows employers to work with employees offering a day in lieu for work on public holidays and mutual consent is essential.

“This is a first step to overcoming the blanket resistance to discussion on these flexibility matters.” Evans said. “Weekends in the traditional sense do not exist anymore. Our community now expects our service industries to be open when they want to shop and if consumers want that, then as a society, we must allow a more flexible workplace.”

“Retailers should not be penalised, and nor should their employees,” Evans said. “The current system penalises retailers and we need greater balance of understanding from those that hanker for the good ole days.”

Council of Textile and Fashion Industries of Australia (TFIA)

Must ReadView All

Courtesy: American Apparel

Apparel/Garments | On 25th Feb 2017

Gildan to make some American Apparel products outside US

Gildan Activewear, which recently acquired US fashion brand American...

Courtesy: Kolon Sport

Apparel/Garments | On 25th Feb 2017

Kolon Sport to set up JV with ANTA for Chinese market

Kolon Sport, an outdoor gear and clothing brand of Korea based Kolon...

Designer Karishma Jumani with Niraj Jawanjal, founder and director of IIFW. Courtesy: IIFW

Textiles | On 25th Feb 2017

IIFW to bring together premium lingerie brands

India Intimate fashion Week (IIFW), dedicated to showcasing the...

Interviews View All

Neel Sawhney
One Friday

‘The share of kidswear segment in the online sector is still small in...

Pinkesh Jain
Everflow Petrofils Ltd

‘An innovative technology which India needs desperately is the...

Amrit Sethia
SOIE

‘The intimatewear category in India is slowly becoming trend-sensitive.’

Kevin Nelson
TissueGen

Kevin Nelson, Chief Scientific Officer, TissueGen discusses the growing...

Johan Berlin
InvestKonsult Sweden AB

Investkonsult Sweden AB has been buying and selling second-hand textile...

Ashok Desai
Bombay Textile Research Association

Bombay Textile Research Association (BTRA) is a leading name in textile...

Jay Ramrakhiani
Occasions Elegance Wear

It is believed that by early 19th century, Varanasi weavers had moved away ...

Igor Chapurin
Chapurin

"Now we can see the Russian trend in international fashion. And Russian...

Wendell Rodricks
Wendell Rodricks

"We should not compare India and the West. There are things we do that...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


editorial@fibre2fashion.com

Letter To Editor






(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies





SEARCH
February 2017

February 2017

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.

SUBSCRIBE


Browse Our Archives

GO


eNEWS
Insights
Subscribe today and get the latest News update in your mail box.
Advanced Search