Labour problems top concerns among St. John’s businesses: poll

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Labour issues continue to be the biggest problem facing St. John’s businesses, according to a new poll from MQO research.

The poll of St. John’s Board of Trade members was released Thursday morning at the board’s annual Business Development Summit, at the Delta hotel.

“By far … labour issues stand as the biggest factor hindering companies’ economic growth in 2013, at 34 per cent,” said Carolyn O’Keefe, MQO’s president.

“By a large margin, labour issues will have more of an impact on a company’s success than factors such as economic downturn, increasing cost of production and government spending cuts.”

More in Friday's full edition of The Telegram.

Organizations: Board of Trade, Delta hotel

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  • Natch
    January 31, 2013 - 14:28

    Of course this is concerning to businesses. It's concerning to the union members as well. How can they plan for the future (which could include plans for new housing, a new vehicle, new travel, major renovations... large ticket items) when they aren't sure if they can stay on top of the payments? If they don't know if their jobs will be cut, salaries frozen, etc, HOW can they plan? Time for those involved in negotiations to get their fingers out and get these 'paused' contracts settled and renewed.