The threatened Boxing Day strike on London’s Underground will damage a crucial part of the capital’s economy at its most important time of year, retailers are warning.
The strike would see some Tube drivers in the ASLEF union walk out, causing disruption to services on December 26. However, the day is now a key one for retailers, with many launching their post-Christmas sales then, and a strike would be sure to dent sales.
“This could be a major blow for London’s retailers and their customers on what’s now one of their most important days of the year,” said British Retail Consortium director general Stephen Robertson.
“Retailers in London need a strong start to the post-Christmas sales. On the back of disruption caused by severe winter weather and student protests, they now face a difficult time in 2011 as VAT goes up and public sector cuts begin to take effect.”