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Breakthrough in rail negotiations – our response

The RMT rail union has reached an agreement with train operators that could resolve the ongoing rail dispute, if accepted by their members.

If accepted, the agreement will conclude the ongoing dispute and, crucially, mean the festive period will not see any industrial action by the RMT.

Our response

Our Chief Executive Kate Nicholls said: “Christmas will have come early for hospitality businesses if this breakthrough in negotiations puts an end to ongoing rail strikes and saves the incredibly valuable festive period for the sector.

“The uncertainty and looming threat of rail strikes at Christmas was already knocking consumer confidence, with 4 in 10 businesses finding their bookings behind where they were last year.

“A clear resolution would give the public the confidence they need to firm up their plans for the festive period and would, crucially, avoid hospitality businesses losing millions.”