New strikes announced by Aslef will hit hospitality during the critical festive period and disrupt its busiest trading month.
The union will stage a series of one-day strikes between Saturday 2 and Friday 8 December. There will also be an overtime ban between Friday 1 and Saturday 9 December.
Our Chief Executive Kate Nicholls said: “These strikes will hit hospitality businesses at the start of the critical festive period and will devastate trading during one of the busiest weeks of the year, costing the sector up to £800 million.
“I would urge all parties to get back round the table to resume negotiations and work urgently to reach a solution that avoids these devastating strikes, including following the lead of the RMT who have reached an agreement to avoid strikes over Christmas.
“The significant impact to trading that these strikes will cause reinforce the critical need for the Chancellor to extend business rates support at the Autumn Statement next week, to help businesses navigate and offset the damage of ongoing rail strikes.”