According to Restaurant Association chairman Richard, Earl of Bradford, who runs Porters English Restaurant in Covent Garden, tube strikes are damaging the hospitality sector both in the short and long term.
He claims impending strikes taking place between 9pm on 19 June and 3am on 20 June; between 9pm on 27 June and 12am on 28 June; between 12pm on 29 June and 12am on 30 June; and between 12pm and 9pm on 1 July, will impact the number of people venturing out to dine.
“They are damaging the restaurant industry, damaging individual restaurants, damaging staff, and give a terrible impression to our visitors on whom many restaurants depend,” he said.
His comments come as unions and tube bosses continue to battle over the latest series of threatened strikes following the dismissal of a tube driver.
The Earl of Bradford condemned the union for calling the strikes when only 29 per cent of tube drivers voted in favour and before the result of the claim for unfair dismissal is known.
“Mr Crow and his colleagues should think about the harm that these strikes cause to businesses which provide employment to thousands of people in the central London area and who lose out because of the union’s action.”
He added: “I’m very concerned if this is a foretaste of what’s to come during the year and into 2012, when we have the Olympic Games."