THE Confederation of Guernsey Industry has called on the States to consider changes to the new Population Management Law being introduced in the spring of 2017 to prevent an outflow of skilled, seasonal workers from the island.
In a letter written to all Deputies, new CGi Chairman, Clive McMinn, urges them to reconsider the decision to restrict staff from outside the island to a maximum stay of five years.
‘In our discussions with member firms, it is clear that in many sectors of industry employers are greatly concerned the consequences this Law will have on the recruitment and retention of employees on short term licences.’
‘Many businesses have established a stable workforce of staff whose repeated returns to the island over many years have enabled them to become skilled and valued workers. Recruitment from other jurisdictions is becoming increasingly difficult and it is important we do not prevent the continued return of those who have been coming here to work and make a positive contribution to the economy.’
Mr McMinn added that particular sectors could be hit particularly hard.
‘Businesses that employ care-home staff, HGV drivers, the hospitality and tourist industry and horticulture for example, rely on a workforce that now faces an uncertain future to the detriment of our economy at a time when Guernsey is facing considerable economic challenges.’
‘We are therefore asking for the States to support our proposal to reconsider that relevant part of the law or at least delay its implementation.’