30/03/12

Commenting on the threat of a strike by fuel tanker drivers, John Longworth, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:

“Employers are working flat out to keep their businesses afloat and deliver growth during challenging economic times. The last thing they need to contend with is a fuel strike, which could have a damaging effect on businesses across the UK. Not only will firms struggle to access the goods they need to run their business, staff won’t be able to get to work, and smaller companies will be forced to shut down and lose takings. Public services could end up being affected, and parents who can’t get childcare will have to take time off and lose pay. Furthermore, too many UK jobs depend on sending goods to ports and markets overseas.

“People have already started panic buying, which will lead to further shortages and make the problem even worse. For this strike to go ahead would be totally reckless. With the Queen’s Jubilee and the Olympic Games only months away, the world’s eyes are watching and any decisions to strike will only tarnish our reputation to global investors.”

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Notes to editors:

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) is the national voice of local business.

The BCC sits at the heart of a powerful nationwide network of Accredited Chambers of Commerce, serving over 100,000 businesses across the UK, which employ over five million people. For more information visit: www.britishchambers.org.uk

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