The National : DRY CLEANER MAY 2017
to $75,000 per month with 4 weeks notice – not enough time to put through to clients, or even discuss it. Energy had been 5th in laundry costs, but was now 3rd in many states, just behind labour and linen. Prime Minister Turnbull is starting to flex his muscles on this, and has called the 3 major suppliers to “please explain”. Saying it is a market price is inappropriate if Australian businesses and domestic users cannot afford Australian gas, which is sold cheaper overseas. From discussions with Brian Tonkin about a group scheme set up for DIA Members, contact would also be made with Kelvin Wiggins from Gambit Solutions regarding possible savings on Electricity and Gas for LAA Members. Sandra Thornsby reported she had sent a Survey to 20 companies and had 3 responses. It was agreed to run this again, and to publicise it widely on the website, and through the NATIONAL. Management of LAA AI Group Proposal – there was concern about the bud- get and that funds were going backwards. Industrial advice for Members was paramount as are HR issues. Brian Tonkin explained the DIA uses Employsure for industrial and HR advice to Members. Members can call a dedicated number for free advice and if a Member joins Employsure a rebate is given to the Association. DIA has a part time administrator, part time Tech. person and part time financial assistance. In response to a question from the Chairman, Brian Tonkin said he is unable to accommodate the LAA at the moment with the same services but possibly in the future a proposal could be formalised. The Board proposed a 6 month agreement with the Ai Group, contract to be amended to six months from 1st July 2017. The Board agreed unanimously. Industry Recognition Kerryn Wollington has been appointed as Deputy Chair of the IRC (Industry Reference Committee) for (TCF) Textile Clothing and Footwear, the industry based Committee for the development of the Training package for TCF. Good to have someone with Kerryn’s wealth of knowl- edge working in that role on behalf of the industry. Congratulations Kerryn. www.AISC.net.au 44 THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL DRYCLEANER & LAUNDERER MARCH APRIL MAY 2017 Deputy Chair, IRC - TCF Kerryn Wollington SIMBA founder, Anil Somaia, present day Simba Global CEO, Kamal Somaia, and Hiten Somaia, GM of Technical. This company’s amazing story began in 1977.