Short-term employees 'are at their limit already'

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WITH less than three weeks to go before the new population management law is due to come into force, concerns continue to be raised over employment permits.

The Confederation of Guernsey Industry has warned that the island is in 'grave danger of damaging its way of life' unless changes are made to the proposed new regime.

It said the law on short-term employment permits would open a 'skills drain', leaving island businesses chronically short of trained and experienced staff.

CGi chairman Clive McMinn said it would impact all those employers offering cleaning, catering, care, hospitality and other vital services to islanders.

Mr McMinn now wants an urgent meeting with Economic Development president Peter Ferbrache to press for a fresh look at the new law.

'The people who are affected by this are classed as unskilled, but they are not. They are absolutely essential to Guernsey's economy,' he said.

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