Chamber Clarifies Statement & Apologises

October 1, 2023 | 0 Comments

The Bermuda Chamber of Commerce said they want to clarify a statement in their recent press release, noting that a consultation was offered, and said they “deeply regret any confusion that our initial statement may have caused” and “apologise for any inaccuracies in our previous press release.”

A spokesperson said, “The Bermuda Chamber of Commerce would like to clarify a statement made in a recent press release concerning the absence of consultation regarding the Employment Amendment Act 2023. Upon further review and in response to new information, the Chamber acknowledges that a consultation was offered but did not take place.

“At a meeting held prior to the new CEO’s arrival in February 2023, Government met with Chamber representatives and changes to the Employment Act were discussed regarding how tips, gratuities and service charges are paid to employees. Government requested that proposed changes be submitted, and they were not.

“Fast forward to Friday, September 22nd, 2023, Minister Hayward tabled the changes to the Act in the House. No draft Legislation was shared with industry representatives before this tabling so there was no discussion about the proposed Legislation as it is written.

“We deeply regret any confusion that our initial statement may have caused and wish to emphasise our commitment to providing accurate and transparent information to the public and presenting an accurate account of Governments engagement. It is essential that our communications reflect the facts as they stand, and we apologise for any inaccuracies in our previous press release.

“The Chamber values a collaborative relationship with Government and industry, and the new leadership strives to create collaboration that is practical. Practical collaboration warrants that Government actively ensures decisions that can drastically change the face of industry are thoroughly discussed, impact assessed with industry representatives and ultimately ensures that the wellbeing of both industry and employees are considered.

“The Chamber reiterates its position as a bridge between the Government and industries, fostering open communication and driving progress for a better Bermuda.”

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