20/07/2009 - 11:38

CCIWA retrench 12 employees

20/07/2009 - 11:38

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The Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA has shown it is not immune from the economic downturn after the business lobby group confirmed today it had retrenched around 12 employees.

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA has shown it is not immune from the economic downturn after the business lobby group confirmed today it had retrenched around 12 employees.

In an emailed statement to WA Business News, CCIWA chief executive James Pearson said the group had taken the hard decision as part of its 2009/10 budget plans to make a small number of staff redundant.

A spokesperson said the redundancies were done around a month ago. CCIWA employs around 300 people.

"Businesses are having to make tough decisions about their operations in order to weather the economic storm - cutting or scaling back production and services, finding savings, and as a last resort reducing staff numbers," Mr Pearson said.

"CCI is no different. We face the same economic, financial and market conditions as our members.

"We did everything possible, including finding savings wherever we could and ways to increase revenue, to minimise the number of people who had to be stood down.

"The decision to stand down staff won't impact on CCI's ability to provide professional and practical support that our members and clients have come to expect from us."

Mr Pearson added the organisation is continuing to help WA business weather the tough economic climate with a decision not to increase membership fees this financial year a part of that plan.

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