It was a great honour to, once again, be elected President of Restaurant & Catering, at the recent AGM in Brisbane. A position elected by my peers is not one I take for granted and I am pleased to be able to serve another year.
2015 is a year I will not forget. Despite much interruption, I feel that I have made headway both in my business and at the Association. In general, trade in Victoria has been trending upward and so it has been at Matteo’s. I know business has not been as positive elsewhere around Australia and we should be thankful for our State bouncing back after a couple of bad years.
At R&C we have had a very successful year, particularly in the advocacy space. The shift in the Association’s emphasis around weekend employment has engendered far more support for our calls for a modest change to weekend pay. The work that has been done to modernise the cookery apprenticeship and re-establish the waiting apprenticeship has also started to bear fruit. This was a long time coming, however, it was worth the wait. A recent report (by Deloitte Access Economics) found that there will be a 123,000 person skills gap by 2020 if no policy change occurs. The other warning in the report is the evidence that there is a large gap between the skills required to do a range of jobs in the industry and the skills of the staff presenting for those jobs. We must continue to work on closing this gap.
President, Restaurant & Catering