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News News Small bussines unfazed by unfair dismissal laws: poll
A new survey reveals the majority of small business operators would not be worried by any reinstatement of unfair dismissal laws under a new Labor government.

The Federal Opposition is proposing to bring back the laws as part of its industrial relations platform.

Most of the 1,800 businesses involved in the Sensis Business Index said reinstating unfair dismissal laws would not have much of an impact.

Report author Christena Singh says seven in 10 businesses feel confident about possible changes because of positive relationships with staff.

"Most businesses feel that it wouldn't impact basically because they have a good relationship with their staff," she said.

"They're already paying their staff above award wages and they don't feel that the system impacts on them that much overall."

But Ms Singh says 21 per cent of those surveyed did believe there would be a negative impact.

"If we look at that on the total number of businesses in Australia that means it has the ability to negatively impact approximately 400,000 businesses," she said.

The Federal Opposition's small business spokesman, Craig Emerson, says the survey shows the Federal Government's scare campaign against Labor's industrial policies is not working.

"It shows that 80 per cent of small businesses are unconcerned about unfair dismissal laws and a massive 96 per cent of small businesses have had no experience of union officials coming to their premises," he said.

The survey has also found trading conditions for small businesses are at a three-year high but optimism has been contained by the recent interest rate rise.

 
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