Commenting ahead of the strike action planned for Wednesday 30th November, John Longworth, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) said:

“Strike action in the current economic climate is irresponsible and reckless. Trade unions are living in a bubble and ignoring the fact that Britain has to make its way in a competitive world.

“It’s true that austerity measures are affecting peoples’ lives across Britain, public- and private-sector alike. But these measures are essential to maintaining our fiscal credibility and helping to stabilise the economy.

“Businesses are doing everything they can, working flat out to make sales, attract orders, retain valued staff and deliver growth. For some workers to walk out over modest changes to a generous pension scheme while others are busting a gut to get the economy moving is a big mistake.

“Some commentators see strike action as a victimless crime. Tell that to the major companies forced to shut down, the parents who can’t get childcare and miss out on a day’s pay, those people that can’t get to work, and the small companies that lose out on a day’s takings.”