Commenting on the speech made by the Business Secretary, Vince Cable, to the GMB union today, Dr Adam Marshall, Director of Policy at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:

“Vince Cable is right to warn unions against mass strikes in the months ahead. In the current climate, large-scale industrial action would have a significant impact on business confidence and inward investment, which are both critical to the UK's economic recovery.

“The cabinet must also follow through on its promise to relieve the burdens of employment legislation on business – especially for smaller firms. The Government's ongoing review of employment legislation must deliver real improvements on the ground, enabling businesses to take on new staff, expand their operations, and generate growth for UK plc.”