Wednesday 20 April 2017
Most London businesses want restrictions on tube strikes - new survey reveals
73% of London businesses have said Trade Unions should be made responsible for ensuring there is a minimum level of service in the event of any tube strike.
The findings are revealed by a survey from ComRes, commissioned by London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), of more than 500 London Business leaders.
More than two-thirds of businesses surveyed (67%) thought strikes should be conditional on a judge agreeing it is reasonable and appropriate.
Chief Executive of LCCI, Colin Stanbridge said: "Of course Underground workers should have the right to strike - but with rights come responsibilities.
Tube strikes have such a detrimental impact on the city's economy on a day to day basis and, undoubtedly, reflect badly on London's international reputation as a place to do business.
"If the London Underground was classed as an essential service, a minimum service would have to be provided by London Underground workers - like current rules around the fire service".
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NOTES TO EDITOR:
1. LCCI is the capital's most representative business organisation, with members ranging in size from multi-national companies to SMEs and sole traders.
2. Colin Stanbridge, Chief Executive, is available for further comment and interview.
3. ComRes surveyed 504 London business decision makers online between 14 February and 2 March 2017.
Data was weighted to be representative of all London businesses by company size and broad industry sector.
ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules. Data tables are available at www.comresglobal.com
4. The Spring Budget was announced after the polling had been completed.