One of the key roles of any Chamber of Commerce is to lobby on behalf of the private sector to ensure that decisions that are being made by the government are in the best interests of all.
Saturday’s Daily Post publication of qualified and not qualified business categories was a shock and disappointment to VCCI. Since the announcement the Chamber has received numerous complaints from businesses that are angry and feel they were misled. The ESP was launched 5 weeks ago today, and was promoted heavily by government spokespeople as a payment available to all businesses affected by the economic downturn.
We at VCCI believe that to make this payment for only Tourism related businesses is short-sighted, and will lead to many more businesses closing.
Many decisions by employers to keep staff on and to remain open were made believing that they would be receiving this employee salary assistance. We now need to raise our unified voice to lobby for this payment to again to open to all.
As a matter of urgency we are asking you, our business members, to please share with us the impact not receiving the ESP will have on your business. Please email your story to: email@example.com
This collated data can then be used to show decision makers the true impact of their decision to keep this benefit to only a limited number of business license categories.
We would like to reiterate that VCCI will continue to work tirelessly to make sure that employers rights and best interests are represented in any and all policy decisions that effect the private sector.