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Chamber calls for work permit block

Mickey Swindale

System 'indefensible' amid staffing crisis

The President of the Island's Chamber of Commerce has described the continuing use of the work permit system in the face of a falling Manx population, as 'indefensible'.

Mickey Swindale's comments followed a government presentation to Chamber members (13 June), in which the population decline, exposed in the recent Census, was outlined.

The latest unemployment figures show the number of vacancies across a range of sectors, far outweighs those looking for work.  

Also discussed at the Palace Hotel briefing, was a strategy to reverse the population decline - a white paper is to be presented to Tynwald in October.

Ms Swindale had suggested before the Census results were released, that action was needed to encourage growth in population:

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