Thousands of rail workers staged strikes last week as part of a long-running dispute over jobs, pay and working conditions.
Music bar the Amazing Grace in London Bridge was forced to close after losing two full private hire reservations for major business Christmas functions.
“Not only have we lost our revenue, they’ve lost the chance to wind down at the end of a busy year and look forward to letting off some steam,” said marketing director Sammie Ellard-King.
The pub shut up shop as didn’t have enough reservations for the number of staff needed, meaning 12 team members lost nearly 20 hours of paid work. This was “really upsetting” to the business, Ellard-King said.
She added: “While we respect the RMT staff striking, the timing of it after last year's Omicron wave couldn't have been worse. It's had maximum impact on both business and staff in what is usually our busiest week.”
According to the Night Time Industries Association (NTIA), the sector has lost £2bn worth of “vital revenue” due to strikes.
NTIA chief executive Michael Kill said: “Its abundantly clear the Government has lost control, strike action has overshadowed the first Christmas period we have had to celebrate with some normality in more than three years.”
Moreover, trade body UKHospitality recently estimated continuing rail strikes had already cost the sector £1.5bn in lost sales with chief executive Kate Nicholls urging those involved in negotiations to reach a solution “imminently” to avoid further “harmful” strike action.
Kill said: “The Government cannot ignore the escalating situation any longer. As more unions join the UK wide industrial action bringing the country closer to a standstill.