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Sacking is too hard for employers: survey

More than 45 per cent of Australian employees believe it is too hard for companies to sack staff, according to a Morgan & Banks survey.

Yet more than 70 per cent believe the current unfair dismissal legislation is fair to employees.

Morgan & Banks director Peter George said more than 44 per cent of males and 36 per cent of females surveyed believed small business should have different unfair legislation to larger companies.

“The question of unfair dismissal legislation brought a mixed response from various job types with 82.3 per cent of people in the banking and finance industry advocating different rules for small business and 52.9 per cent saying it is too hard to sack staff,” Mr George said.

“Mid-level managers were more likely to feel legislation is too harsh and should be amended with senior managers following closely behind.

“The construction industry must be also feeling the pinch with more than 80 per cent of companies complaining about the legislation regarding dismissal.

“Those who earn less than $20,000 — 57.1 per cent — are less likely to believe the current laws are fair to employees with a further 51.4 per cent in this bracket saying it is not fair to employers either,” he said.

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