Strike action damaging economy and consumer spending, warns Bira

The British Independent Retailers Association (Bira) warns ongoing rail strike action is damaging the economy – and is pushing for key stakeholders to settle workers’ grievances quickly.

The call comes as Britain faced another period of train strikes in the new year. On RMT strike days about half of the network shut down with around 20 per cent of normal services running.  

There are currently no further rail strikes scheduled, however, the dispute between the unions and rail bosses has not been resolved, meaning more action is highly possible.

CEO Andrew Goodacre comments: “This year has started with the continuation of the disruption caused by train strikes, and the threat of strikes in other sectors of the economy.

“I respect the right for people to strike. At the same time, I am urging the key stakeholders to find agreement in the near future. Strikes are damaging to the economy through lost productivity and they are poor for consumer confidence – all of which damages consumer spending. The high street is a challenging place for businesses at the moment and so any form of disruption can be very damaging to hardworking independent retailers. I would therefore urge people to shop locally if the strikes are forcing them to stay at home.”