IR changes have little impact


THE new industrial relations legislation came into force yesterday and, according to many Gladstone business owners small and large, its impact will be minimal.

Salesh Ramswarup from the Coffee Club said he was in the process of reading the documentation on WorkChoices.

"Our business employs under 100 employees,'' he said.

"I can't see it affecting us too drastically.

"Most people who work well don't get into trouble.''

Mr Ramswarup believed it would take a good six months for everyone to work out how the new legislation was going to work.

"It will be trial and error during this time as employers and employees be-come familiar with the legislation,'' he said.

Bob McCosker's business, McCosker Contracting, has more than 100 employees.

"This legislation is not going to affect us in any way,'' Mr McCosker said.

"Labour is in such demand at the moment that this legislation is going to have minimal impact.''

Mr McCosker said the world would not stop with the introduction of WorkChoices.

"Changing the laws won't make people change,'' he said.

"You will always get bad employers and bad employees.''

Gladstone Cinemas' Chris Struik said he didn't know if there was going to be much of a change.

"We have a good healthy relationship with our employees and that will continue regardless of this new legislation,'' he said.

Mr Struik said they had never had an issue with the unfair dismissal laws in the past.

"If you have a healthy relationship with staff then it doesn't enter the equation,'' he said.

"The unfair dismissal laws are only there for those who can't manage staff and resolve issues.''

Mr Struik said the WorkChoices legislation would not change business practices.

"For us it is business as usual,'' he said.

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