Bosses told: ‘Let staff work at home’
GOLD Coast bosses are officially being told to reduce the working days of staff, make them cycle or walk to work and be flexible with business hours during the Commonwealth Games.
A "Rethink your travel" guide is being launched for Coast employers which encourages them to undertake dramatic changes to their workplaces during the event next April.
Backed by the State Government, council and GOLDOC, the travel guide wants bosses to ensure their Coast employees reduce their travel during peak times.
The guide which includes the photograph of an athlete on the starting line for a race has been placed in major newspapers.
The key travel tips for employers include:
. enable staff to work from other offices or home.
. ensure staff work compressed weeks, reducing five days into four.
. encourage employees to walk, cycle or catch public transport to work.
. schedule meetings and conferences either before the Games or after.
. adjust your opening hours to encourage travel outside of peak times.
The State Opposition believes Coast businesses are being asked to find travel solutions when the Government after three years fine tunes a traffic management plan.
"How will forcing staff to work longer hours over four days help local businesses during the Commonwealth Games and is this even legal under the relevant industrial awards," an Opposition insider told the Gold Coast Bulletin.
The Government was advised in an internal brief in November 2016 that the added Games traffic would to lead congestion on some sections of the M1 which could create a "very high crash risk".
Southport Chamber of Commerce president Laird Marshall wants more transport details for businesses.
"I think most businesses have no idea what the disruption will be. I'm not saying that in a negative way," Mr Marshall said.
"They just don't know how it will be. For a lot of businesses, if they change the time of people at work, it will cost a lot more. I don't think people realise that the streets will be blocked off (for events).
"Everyone knows about the M1. I haven't seen a plan of what definitely is going to happen yet."