Tag Archives: Jos de Bruin

Is Kaufland using LinkedIn to poach Aldi’s finest?

An Aldi employee has contacted Retail World claiming Kaufland got in touch with them on LinkedIn about a job move. The employee, who wishes to remain anonymous, says Kaufland’s approach began with a LinkedIn request. It was followed by a link to a Kaufland job advert. The advert left the …

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Small businesses can now ‘stand up’ to big business – MGA

Master Grocers Australia (MGA) has welcomed the government’s decision to allow easier access to justice for small businesses. According to MGA, the ‘Small Business Access to Justice’ policy aims to help small businesses bring cases of anti-competitive behaviour to court. It does so by allowing requests for a ‘no adverse costs order’ …

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MGA praises government for double dipping regulation

Master Grocers Australia (MGA) has praised Minister Kelly O’Dwyer for taking “prompt action” in stopping double dipping for casual employees. In 2018, a federal court decided a casual worker employed on a regular basis could claim annual and sick leave. The employer had therefore breached the Fair Work Act, the …

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MGA President Rod Allen retires

MGA’s long-serving Director Rod Allen has officially retired from all MGA Board of Directors duties, the organisation has announced. He was Director for more than 20 years and dedicated Board President for more than 15 years. From statewide to nationwide MGA made the news official at its Industry Business Breakfast …

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MGA welcomes bringing forward of SME tax cuts

Master Grocers Australia (MGA) has welcomed Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s decision to bring forward tax cuts for SMEs. These include small-to-medium-sized supermarkets, liquor stores and hardware outlets. CEO of MGA Jos de Bruin said: “Our members are facing cost increases at a rate never seen before. Bringing forward a reduction …

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MGA cautions against deregulation of WA trading hours

Western Australia’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) Chief Economist Rick Newnham claims WA has the most restrictive retail trading hours in the nation, but MGA Independent Retailers warns that deregulation of trading hours will have a serious impact on the viability of small businesses throughout the state. Mr Newnham’s …

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MGA welcomes new state government in SA

Master Grocers Australia (MGA) has welcomed the new Liberal government in South Australia, following the party’s 16 years in opposition. “The new government has a great opportunity to champion the needs of hundreds of small businesses in South Australia,” MGA CEO Jos de Bruin said. “Many MGA members who are …

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Industry figures welcome new Deputy PM

Following Barnaby Joyce’s controversy-riddled resignation, Australian retailers and industry bodies have welcomed Michael McCormack as new leader of the National Party of Australia and Deputy Prime Minister. Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell congratulated the Deputy PM on his appointment. “Michael McCormack was a diligent and committed …

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Government steps up fight against illicit tobacco

The first of two bills aimed at closing down the illicit-tobacco market was introduced into parliament last week. The bill will see maximum penalties for excise offences increase to 10 years’ imprisonment and the potential for heavy fines for convictions in relation to offences involving commercial quantities of illicit tobacco …

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Senate ‘moves the goalposts’ on penalty rates

National Party backbencher George Christensen has crossed the floor in the Senate, resulting in a 73-72 win in favour of overturning the Fair Work Commission’s ruling on Sunday penalty rates. Master Grocers Australia says retailers won a hard fought and fairly argued victory in the Fair Work Commission with the …

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