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UK rail strikes will "devastate" hospitality, trade body warns

25th Nov 2022 05:44

(Alliance News) - The disruption caused by UK rail strikes will "devastate" hospitality businesses – with mass cancellations already taking place, a trade body has warned.

More than 40,000 members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union across Network Rail and 14 train operating companies will strike on December 13, 14, 16 and 17; and on January 3, 4, 6 and 7.

UKHospitality said its analysis shows that the strikes will cost the sector GBP1.5 billion on strike days, similar to the level of disruption caused by the Omicron Covid-19 variant.

Chief executive of UKHospitality, Kate Nicholls, said: "The impact of rail strikes already this year has been devastating and wide-reaching, but this will pale in comparison to what we will see as a result of the upcoming strikes in December.

"This disruption will devastate hospitality businesses during its busiest period of the year and will once again force the public to cancel and rearrange plans, just as they were preparing for an uninterrupted Christmas.

"Businesses have already seen mass cancellations which won't be rescheduled, costing the sector billions in lost sales.

"The Christmas period is not just good for businesses, it's the most lucrative time for workers where they can benefit from additional overtime and higher levels of tips due to excess demand.

"These strikes damage all parts of society and it's now time that the Government proactively brings all partners to the table to deliver a solution that protects the nation's workers and hospitality customers this Christmas."

source: PA

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