Press Release - February 28, 2012
Interpretation is in the eye of the beholder, says Chamber
For immediate release
February 28, 2012- Halifax, NS- A recent survey indicates that 55% of businesses in Halifax are negatively impacted by the current Transit strike.
However, when you actually look deeper at the survey results, “It’s really all in how you read the numbers,” says Chamber President Valerie Payn. “What we see is that 81% percent of the respondents find the strike is having no impact at all or only having a minor impact.”
In previous reports “negatively impacted” included both major negative impact (14%) and minor negative impact (41%). The Chamber’s interpretation of these numbers, included minor negative impact (41%) with no impact at all (40%).
“The Chamber has been asking our members to send us their stories, and while our sample size is much smaller, what we are hearing is two fold: either the strike is having no real impact on member businesses, or employers and employees are finding creative solutions to get to work,” says Payn.
“In times of crisis Nova Scotians really pull together, employers are stepping up to provide flexile solutions for employees who rely on the Transit system. As pointed out in CFIB’s survey, employers are providing more flexible work schedules, arranging carpooling and picking up employees themselves,” adds Payn.
For more information contact:
Janet Tobin (Creamer)
Director of Marketing and Communications
Halifax Chamber of Commerce