All about the staff

The Awards season, and the case with Fair Work, show we’re a “people” business

The Awards season is in full swing and members from each region and each State are assembling at gala events to celebrate the successes of their businesses. It is impressive to see the number of our members that make the awards night a celebration for all of their staff.

While it is a hackneyed phrase, our industry is all about our staff. R&C is working very hard on a couple of initiatives that support the continued growth of our human resource base. The Skills Pathways and Apprentice Mentoring initiatives are very strong programs that will be an enhanced cookery apprenticeship and a waiting apprenticeship as mainstream career paths for back and front of house respectively. There is much being done to support apprenticeships that is, in turn, supported by the Federal Government. This shows the industry commitment to developing our people. This is entirely consistent with the cases the Association has run in the Fair Work Commission. Restaurant businesses that have to close their doors on a Sunday, because it is unviable to open, cannot provide service to their customers, and cannot provide hours to the staff that want to work.

Matteo Pignatelli
President, Restaurant & Catering

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