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‘We’re sick of overpriced bread’: Franchisees to have more power under ACCC plan

Franchisees would be given the power to negotiate as a group with their franchisor on issues like marketing fees and product sourcing under a proposal from the competition watchdog to enable collective bargaining in the scandal-plagued sector.

The proposed plan from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCCAustralian Competition and Consumer Commission The ACCC is Australia's competition regulator and national consumer law champion.) would make it cheaper and easier for smaller operators to take on suppliers and franchisors as a group.

ACCC proposes collective bargaining for small business

Australia’s competition watchdog is pushing to make it easier for small businesses to collectively negotiate with suppliers and franchisors.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has recommended small businesses and franchisees be able to collectively negotiate with suppliers, processors, franchisors and fuel retailers without first having to seek its approval.

Small businesses and musicians get more transparency 

COSBOA Council of Small Business Australia acknowledges the ACCCAustralian Competition and Consumer Commission The ACCC is Australia's competition regulator and national consumer law champion.’s decision to grant reauthorisation for five years to the royalty collection society APRA AMCOS under conditions. COSBOA Council of Small Business Australia is pleased to see conditions requiring more transparency but believes there is a risk these requirements will not lead to any significant changes without stronger intervention.

APRA AMCOS will now be required to publish the “relevant economic analysis” behind its methodology for calculating its licence fees; publish details of distribution of licence revenue; and publish an annual transparency report which includes information on its operating costs, distribution to members, and amounts paid to and received from overseas.

Ombudsman welcomes ACCC collective bargaining plan for small businesses

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell has welcomed the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission’s (ACCCAustralian Competition and Consumer Commission The ACCC is Australia's competition regulator and national consumer law champion.) proposed exemption to collective bargaining for small businesses.

“This proposal is good news for small business.” Ms Carnell said.

Call for more transparency by APRA heard by ACCC

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell is pleased by the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission’s (ACCCAustralian Competition and Consumer Commission The ACCC is Australia's competition regulator and national consumer law champion.) proposal for improved transparency around the Australasian Performing Rights Association’s (APRA) operations, but says more needs to be done to ensure small business artists and venues are treated fairly.

“The ACCCAustralian Competition and Consumer Commission The ACCC is Australia's competition regulator and national consumer law champion. has clearly heard our concerns over the lack of transparency with regard to APRA’s reporting obligations,” Ms Carnell said.

ACCC drives a bargain for small business – 9News

Small businesses wanting to jointly buy electricity, or groups of farmers wanting to bargain with supermarkets, may no longer need to seek the approval of the competition watchdog.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is seeking views on a “class exemption” that would allow small businesses to collectively negotiate with their suppliers and processors without first having to seek the commission’s approval.

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