Unite’s comments on employers are unfounded and irresponsible

Once again Unite has chosen to cause unnecessary distress and alarm with unfounded allegations about local employers.  In doing so, the union also seeks to increase the burden of costs for local employers at a time when many are struggling to make ends meet. It is utterly reprehensible for the union to allege that companies are using the current pandemic to make workers redundant unnecessarily.  To do so would cost employers even more money which many do not have. If this were the case, who would do the work? At a time when the majority of local companies have seen...

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Chamber reacts to minimum wage increase

Following the increase in the minimum wage as announced in the annual budget in July last year, the Chamber feels compelled to respond to some of the comments by Unite the Union over this month’s increase. When the Chief Minister made the announcement last year of progressive increases in the minimum wage over a 3-year period, no-one could have foreseen the dramatic change in the economic landscape that has come to pass since March this year.  Indeed, the Chamber wrote to the Chief Minister in July highlighting that if the increase went ahead, it would “probably result in job...

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Chamber & GFSB welcome duty measures

The Chamber of Commerce and the GFSB welcome the new Beat economic assistance package for quarter 3 announced by Government in Parliament last week as well as the changes to the import duty structure announced on 30th June. These measures follow close consultation between the Chamber and the GFSB, Government and the Unions as part of the range of measures discussed at CELAC. They are aimed at protecting employment by giving businesses a fighting chance in the current economic crisis and fit with the current “Support Local” campaign organised and funded by the Chamber, the GFSB and the...

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GIBRALTAR BUSINESS SPRING/SUMMER 2020

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Chamber & GFSB launch joint initiative with the Government to support local businesses

The Chamber of Commerce and the Gibraltar Federation of Small Businesses have teamed up with Her Majesty’s Government of Gibraltar to launch a marketing campaign to support local businesses after several months of lockdown.  The campaign is aimed at encouraging the community to spend locally and to highlight the connection between local spending and local consumption on our economy. This economic activity enables the Government to continue investing in the field of education, our healthcare system, policing and other essential services and local infrastructure that we all benefit...

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Covid Emergency Liaison & Advisory Committee (CELAC) members thank Government for measures to help businesses and their employees

The organisations that, (together with HMGOG), comprise the Covid Emergency Liaison & Advisory Committee (CELAC) namely Unite the Union, the Gibraltar Chamber of Commerce, the GFSB, the GGCA, the Finance Centre Council (which includes all financial services industry associations and the Law Council), the Gibraltar Betting and Gaming Association and the Landlords Association, have been working closely with Government since Saturday in relation to measures to assist employees and businesses during the current Covid 19 crisis. We are pleased to note that Government has been fully...

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