Commenting on the substantial increase in the number of days lost to industrial disputes last year Natalie Evans, Head of Policy at the British Chambers of Commerce, said:

“This quite substantial rise in the number of days lost to industrial action is a worrying sign.  Days lost to strikes in the private sector have almost doubled whilst people working in the public sector are showing an ever increasing willingness to walk out and strike.

“The impact of strike action, whether in the private or public sectors, reverberates around the economy. Stable industrial relations are a necessary precondition for any business. These figures are not good news for employers who are already struggling to cope with an uncertain economic environment”