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It appears to
be a common
are still a
Mark Day wrote
about it in early
the Minster for Workplace Relations, Bill Shorten also referred
to newsagents ‘demarkation’ on the ABC’s Q&A program on
20 February. After referring to what the Labor Government had
achieved in the aluminium industry he commented:
Newsagents were confused as to what exactly he meant
and the ANF has written to Hon Bill Shorten for clarification,
explaining that the newsagency channel is in no way regulated or
party to workplace restrictions.
The ANF letter to The Australian’s Mark Day was applauded by
newsagents, pleased to see their representative body challenging
this belief that newsagents are a protected species.
Need to reinvent the way newspapers are delivered and sold
In commenting on the plans of News Limited’s CEO Kim
Williams to overhaul News Limited, Mark Day said Williams
sees a need to reinvent the way newspapers are delivered and
sold, which means a new approach to relationships with the
newsagency business—protected from competition for more than
half a century.
The ANF CEO: Alf Maccioni explained that newsagents have not
been protected since last century when the ACCC deregulated
“ The only thing that newsagents do have all to themselves is the
home delivery of newspapers. They serve their customers and get
the paper through, even though they make little money doing so.
Newsagents are not protected; they are used by News Limited to
keep their print product distributed,” Mr Maccioni said.
“ K im Williams is right—there is a need to reinvent the way
newspapers are delivered and sold—rewarding and recognising
the people who do this will be part of the future of newspapers.
“Australian newsagents want newspapers to survive and prosper
and will work to bring this about—but not for nothing. They too
seek a fair and just reward,” he said.
When will the general public or the “great
unwashed” understand that newsagents are not
protected; in fact, they are a vulnerable small
business sector being pressured on all sides by big
business and excessive government regulation.
In writing to the Minister for Workplace Relations, Hon Bill
Shorten Mr Maccioni requested clarification to his comment,
“ got rid of demarcations, there’s something for the old
newsagencies and pharmacies and doctors to think about” .
“I f your comment referred to industrial relations
demarcation, then you should be aware that the Australian
Newsagents’ Federation and state newsagent associations
representing the newsagency industry across Australia sought
and received a variation to the General Retail Industry Award
in 2010, with the support of the SDA, to include newsagency
delivery drivers. This variation further simplified the modern
award to sensibly include all types of newsagent employees
under the one modern award and reduced any potential
demarcation issues in the workplace.
“Alternatively, if your reference regarded demarcation as
it may relate to regulated boundaries, then it is important
you understand that the regulatory regime that once
characterised the newsagency channel was removed last
“ In fact, it is about time the federal government
seriously reviewed what some of the effects of the Howard
Government’s deregulation of the newsagent industry in 1999
have been. The government needs to improve fairness for
small businesses like newsagents especially in their dealings
with the powerful big businesses with which they must
negotiate. This needs to be achieved for small businesses in
much the same way as your government has achieved greater
fairness for employees,” Mr Maccioni wrote.
NEWSAGENTS not a PROTECTED SPECIES
“...got rid of
something for the
old newsagencies and
doctors to think about”
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