The Northern Ireland Business Alliance, who represent a large group of businesses across the country, has delivered an impassioned plea for the Executive to be restored and for some stability to be brought to the country so progress can be made and businesses can forge ahead. They particularly want the work from home guidance to be updated.
Worst Of The Health Crisis Finally Behind Us
On the Business Live website the Business Alliance stated that:
“The worst of the health crisis is now behind us and yet the guidance regarding working from home has not been changed in line with the easing of other restrictions,
“This must be updated immediately to bring Northern Ireland into line with other regions.
“It’s not about forcing people back into the workplace – it’s about supporting those businesses in our towns and city centres, from coffee shops to independent retailers who rely on the custom of workers, much of which disappeared overnight.”
The Restoration Of Local Government Is Of Paramount Concern
They touched upon the labour market and the struggles that many companies are having recruiting staff. And they also went on to say that:
“With just weeks until voters go to the polls, we are once again being bombarded by politicking and grandstanding that is filling the vacuum left by the collapse of the Executive,”it said. “The restoration of local government should be the paramount concern, and we quite simply must see it back up and running and delivering for all our citizens following the election.”
The Northern Ireland Business Alliance is a partnership between the Confederation of British Industry Northern Ireland (CBI NI), the Centre for Competitiveness, the Institute of Directors Northern Ireland (IoD NI) and the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and it includes Stephen Kingon, Chair, Centre for Competitiveness; Adrian Doran, Chair, CBI NI; Gordon Milligan, Chair, IoD NI; and Paul Murnaghan, President, NI Chamber of Commerce.
Certainly we do need a working government in order to be able to focus on the issues that really matter both for the public at large and all the businesses, large and small, right across Northern Ireland. There are lots of decisions to be made and legislation to be introduced, removed or revamped, so the sooner things are sorted out the better. There is no doubt that office workers working from home has damaged many of the small shops in town centres all around Northern Ireland so it would be excellent if this guidance could be updated ASAP.