June Strikes to Cause Disruption for Small Businesses

Widespread public sector strikes at the end of June could have severe financial consequences for small firms, business groups have warned. The warning comes in the wake of business secretary Vince Cable’s plea for moderation to unions not to conduct mass strikes in the coming months. Several unions, including the Public and Commercial Services union, which represents 250,000 civil servants, are considering co-ordinated strike action in protest at Government cuts, public sector wage freezes and pension reforms. Unless the Government reaches an agreement with the Trades Union Congress (TUC), the strike looks set to go ahead on 30 June. The number of participants could reach 750,000. The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) said the knock-on effect of an early summer strike could be disastrous ... »