Chamber to Mail Sorters: Just do your job

The Chamber, on behalf of its members, is appalled by the refusal of mail sorters to do their job. It has emerged that Sorters work just three hours a day but are paid for twelve hours. Now they are refusing to perform a task that they are paid to do, open the mailbags. What sort of fantasyland are these people living in? For many local businesses 2009 has been a tough year: the strength of the euro has eroded traders’ margins, reduced consumer spending has led to a drop in sales and the global recession has forced some members to make job cuts. To learn that a small number of workers...

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Chamber and Union recommend caution as inflation shows sharp fall

Following a recent meeting, the Gibraltar Chamber of Commerce and Unite, the Union have concluded their negotiations for this year’s increase in minimum wages for workers in the Retail and Distributive Trades. Rates will be increased by 1%.  These are minimum rates, established where there is no collective bargaining agreement between the union and employers. The recently published annual inflation figure shows a rate of 3.4% for the year ended December 2009.  However, during the final quarter of 2009 there was a decrease of 1% in the inflation rate.  The lead up to the Christmas season...

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Chamber and Union Present United Front

The Chamber supports Unite’s campaign targeting illegal labour. There is universal recognition that unregistered workers and unlicensed traders have an adverse impact on Gibraltar’s economy. 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 urges any employee who is paid below the minimum wage to inform the ETB in the first instance. If the Union is aware of any employee who is not registered then they should inform the ETB without delay. Similarly, if someone knows of any...

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Cash for Gold

Chamber says: “Be smart when selling second hand gold and other jewellery” The Chamber has recently become aware of unlicensed traders in the jewellery business and would like the public at large to be aware of the potential dangers of conducting business with such unlicensed traders. First and foremost if members of the public want to sell unwanted jewellery to dealers, whether the dealers are local or from outside Gibraltar, it is wise to have items valued by at least two different jewellers to ensure that they get a fair price for each item. If you are unhappy with the...

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2008 Budget

A budget for business will build a better Gibraltar for all The Government’s budget announcement this week will highlight Gibraltar’s continued economic growth, near full employment and increase in Government spending on numerous capital projects. That the Government is able to continue to invest in so many new projects – the airport, affordable housing, a new power generation plant, a new prison, several new car parks, the airport link road to name but a few – is welcome but it should not be overlooked that it is the taxpayer, both individual and corporate that is funding the...

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