Commenting on the public sector strikes over pension provision, John Longworth, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:

“Pension provision in the public sector must be reformed to ensure pensions are affordable and sustainable. Even with the proposed reforms, public sector pensions are far more generous than those in the private sector, where companies have worked to address the problems of growing liabilities and an ageing workforce.

“Strike action is unnecessary and damaging to the economy. Only last week we saw embarrassing queues at Heathrow hurt the UK’s image as a place to do business. By striking, public sector workers are threatening our economy when we need every bit of growth we can get. The economic downturn has hit all workers, from both public and private sectors. Damaging business and public sector productivity through strikes will only hurt us all in the long-term.”

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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