New rail strikes announced by the union Aslef will impact the start of the busy summer period, UKHospitality said today, as it urged all parties to ‘redouble’ their efforts to reach a resolution to the ongoing rail disruption.
UKHospitality Chief Executive Kate Nicholls said:
“It’s incredibly frustrating that almost a year on from the start of this dispute, there appears to be no resolution in sight.
“Despite some hope that pay offers would bring rail strikes to an end, hospitality businesses are losing hope that the crucial summer season would be uninterrupted by disruption.
“Collectively, hospitality businesses across the country have lost more than £3 billion in lost sales as a result of the strikes and there is no doubt that will increase as a result of today’s announcement, particularly as it will now impact the busy, high-demand summer period.
“I would urge all parties to redouble their efforts in negotiations to reach a resolution and end this long-running dispute, which continues to harm businesses, workers, consumers and public confidence in the rail network.”