Chamber condemns lawbreakers

Name, shame and fine the offending traders

The Chamber agrees with Unite and also with the GFSB that paying staff below the statutory minimum wage to workers in Gibraltar is totally unacceptable. Furthermore, if the Union knows of any employers in Gibraltar who are paying below the minimum wage, the Chamber urges the Union to inform the ETB immediately and furnish the ETB with sufficient proof for them to fine the recalcitrant employer accordingly. The Chamber, on behalf of its many members, would never condone such a practice by any company in Gibraltar, whether they are a member of the Chamber or not.

An employer paying below the legal minimum wage is not only abusing the employee but also creating an unwelcome distortion to the local labour market. The Chamber also urges any employee who is paid below the minimum wage to inform the ETB in the first instance. Similarly, if the Union is aware of any employee who is not registered then they should inform the ETB without delay.

The Chamber is confident that all of its members abide by the statutory legislation and many pay considerably more than the minimum recommended hourly rate agreed each year between the Chamber and the Union. In addition, many Chamber members give their staff additional benefits such as discretionary bonus schemes, discount vouchers and pension contributions.

Commenting on the issue Chamber President, Nicholas Russo said, “Gibraltar does not want and cannot afford to have companies operating here which do not play fairly. Companies who flout the law by paying staff below the statutory minimum or by using unregistered workers should be fined and barred from trading. It is as simple as that. The last thing Gibraltar needs at a time of global slowdown is for a rabble of rogue traders to plunder markets which many reputable, legitimate and long-established local businesses have developed over many years.”