June 17, 2011
Central London restaurants lose up to 50 per cent of their business on Tube strike days, the chairman of the Restaurant Association, Richard, Earl of Bradford, who runs Porters English Restaurant in Covent Garden, claims.
“They are damaging the restaurant industry, damaging individual restaurants, damaging staff, and give a terrible impression to our visitors on whom many restaurants depend,” he says.
He condemns the union for calling the strike when only 29 per cent of the drivers voted for the strike and before the result of the claim for unfair dismissal is known.
“Mr Crow and his colleagues should think about the harm that these strikes cause to businesses which provide employment to thousands of people in the central London area and who lose out because of the union’s action.
“I’m very concerned if this is a foretaste of what’s to come during the year and into 2012, when we have the Olympic Games.”