Employment Tribunal Reforms

The Chamber of Commerce is pleased to see the recent changes to reform Employment Tribunals and commends the government for updating this important piece of legislation. Chamber board members have spent considerable time and resources working with the Ministry of Business and Employment and with Minister Costa over the last couple of years to ensure that the interests of our members, as well as those of all local employers, are upheld in as balanced a manner as possible and also to ensure that these reforms do not impose an unnecessary burden on them in terms of time and money. We are...

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City Taxi Service

The Chamber of Commerce is heartened that the Gibraltar Taxi Association agrees with the Chamber’s comments on the poor state of the City Taxi Service when interviewed by GBC. Recognition of the situation is the first step in trying to resolve it. The Chamber is grateful for the offer from the GTA to spend a day with their drivers to see the problems which they encounter. Nevertheless, the offer misses the central point which is the lack of availability and the inconsistent and poor reliability of the City Taxi Service. There may indeed, at certain times, be traffic congestion or delays...

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City Taxi Service

When the Government announced the introduction of the Taxi Association’s Customer Charter in October 2013 it outlined ways to ensure that City Taxi Service would be greatly improved in terms of the availability of taxis at the main ranks in town, at the border and at the airport. However, time and again over the last three years the City Service has shown that it remains unacceptably inadequate. Complaints about the situation by members of the public appear frequently on local social media groups and serve to highlight the strength of feeling on this matter. To add insult to injury, taxi...

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Working together for Gibraltar’s future

In the two months since the referendum, the Chamber has consulted many members across a variety of business sectors on the impact of possible Brexit.  The Chamber was encouraged by the Chief Minister’s words in his post referendum budget speech: “Every interaction with our clients, investors and visitors is an opportunity and a responsibility. We can and must all make a difference. In that respect, the public service will be hugely important…. We have to be ready to do more, go further, work harder, be more efficient and wield greater influence than ever in building our common...

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Chamber meets with Camara de Comercio del Campo de Gibraltar to discuss implications of BREXIT

(Photo:  Gibraltar Chronicle) Chamber President Christian Hernandez, along with fellow board directors George Dyke and George Desoisa, met with Carlos Fenoy, President of the Camara de Comercio del Campo de Gibraltar, Manuel Tinoco and Sebastián Fernández, at the Gibraltar Chamber on Tuesday 13th September.  The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the implications of June’s EU referendum result for businesses on both sides of the frontier and explore how best to meet the forthcoming challenges. The meeting was held in the spirit of open cooperation and a wish to ensure that members...

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Chamber responds to 2016 Budget measures

Given the outcome of the recent EU referendum the Chamber of Commerce agrees with the government on the need for caution with regards to future spending plans. The Chamber welcomes the fact that no material increase in business costs were announced in the budget.  Ahead of the budget the Chamber board had lobbied the government strongly not to increase social insurance costs. Further to this the Chamber would like to work with the government to review and overhaul the social insurance system as and when the government has received the relevant legal advice. The Chamber also commends the...

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