CRUISE TERMINAL DUTY FREE SHOP DAMAGES GIBRALTAR

Over the last two years the Chamber of Commerce and the GFSB have made numerous representations to the government over its ill-judged decision to give a local trader by, direct allocation, a de facto monopoly of a duty free shop at the cruise terminal. Despite the government having acknowledged to the Chamber its mistake in allocating the duty free shop and giving verbal assurances at the time that it would make arrangements to close down the shop before the start of the 2017 cruise season, the shop remains open and continues to do a roaring trade, much to the detriment of numerous local...

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Chamber & GFSB respond to 2018 budget

The Gibraltar Chamber of Commerce and the Gibraltar Federation of Small Businesses both welcome the Government’s confidence in the current state of the economy, but are disappointed that many of the increases announced in this year’s budget are significantly higher than the current rate of inflation of 2 ½ per cent.  With the continued uncertainty of what Brexit might bring, coupled with continued competition from unregulated businesses from across the border, it seems unreasonable for local businesses to be forced to bear a disproportionate share of these cost increases. When social...

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Chamber rebutts Unite

It is farcical to see Unite the Union attacking the Chamber of Commerce to try and deflect from its own hypocritical blunders. The Chamber has been on record campaigning against illegal labour and calling for a level playing field on many occasions. The Chamber is also on record in supporting private sector pensions. The difference is that, unlike Unite, the Chamber of Commerce does not seek to bring Gibraltar to a standstill to further its...

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Chamber to BCA workers: Do your job!

The Gibraltar Chamber of Commerce is calling on the members of Unite the Union working for the Borders and Coastguard Agency (BCA) to do the job they are paid to do and stop inconveniencing members of the public, tourists and businesses with their selfish and thoughtless work to rule. If the Union and the BCA workers who are members of Unite are unhappy with the status of their negotiating rights they should deal directly with the management of the Agency and not force members of the public, including the elderly and children to wait for over 2 hours to cross the frontier and cause passengers...

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Chamber responds to pensions May day announcement

The Gibraltar Chamber of Commerce is disappointed by the manner in which the government has chosen to publish the command paper on pensions for the private sector without any effective prior notification. This is particularly the case when the government recently informed the Chamber that it had been too tied up with Brexit discussions to address several long-standing issues affecting the private sector. It appears that it has found the time to address pensions with the unions, but alas, not to hold meaningful discussions with the Chamber or the private sector at large. At a time when...

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Chamber responds to Royal Gibraltar Police comments

The Chamber of Commerce is disappointed at the disparaging manner in which the RGP has responded to its legitimate expression of concern following representations by its members and other members of the public. The Chamber of Commerce as a responsible and professional organisation has a duty to address the concerns of its members by highlighting them as appropriate. In the past, the Chamber of Commerce has raised issues concerning policing matters directly with the RGP both in meetings and in correspondence to little or no effect. The fact remains that, whether the RGP chooses to admit it or...

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