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Parliamentary inquiry into the franchise sector underway

Scrutiny of the franchise sector is heating up as a parliamentary inquiry into the franchises and the Franchising Code of Conduct is expected to deliver its findings at the end of this year. Over 100 submissions have been made by franchisees claiming unfair remuneration agreements, exploitation of workers and a general lack of transparency. The industry has been rife with scandal in recent times with many well-publicised cases of misconduct, including the recent Fair Work investigation into 7-Eleven, which found franchisees across the network had been deliberately and systematically underpaying its employees. Franchising as a whole could even be under threat with Caltex announcing that it is

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