International support for FCA stand against State franchise laws

By Sarah Stowe | 29 Oct 2015 View comments

The highest office holder in the worldÕ s biggest franchising organisation has backed the Franchise Council of AustraliaÕs stand on the contentious private memberÕs bills raised in WA and SA by backbenchers Peter Abetz and Tony Piccolo.

Jack Earl, an award winning McDonaldÕs franchisee and the new chairman of the US based International Franchising Association, told the Australian delegation to the IFAÕs annual three day convention that he found it difficult to understand why any franchisee or franchisor would want the kind of changes proposed by Abetz and Piccolo.

Another franchisee and previous chairman, Lawrence (Doc) Cohen, echoed Jack EarlÕs remarks. Cohen has been twice voted franchisee of the decade in the Great American Cookie Company, now owned by Mrs Fields.

The two franchisees addressed a special seminar created by the FCA for the 48 strong Australian delegation, the association’s largest attending group.

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