The summer disruption to public transport in London and the Home Counties continues with the threat of yet more tube strikes this week. This means more misery for London commuters trying to get to work in and around the city and Home Counties. It also means that the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union will wreck more family days out and make life hard for decent people that depend on the transport they disrupt.
The population of London and the Home Counties are facing more disruption, delays and unwanted days off of work because of a union dispute blocking the improvement of London underground from offering a night service and improving the commuter service using flimsy arguments.
More tube strikes means more time off work and more down time for small business and large companies alike. For a business on the outskirts of London or in the Home Counties such as Barnet or Edgware, the strikes are damaging businesse. It can mean understaffing at a solicitors in Barnet or a company that builds loft extensions in Hertfordshire some staff will not be able to get to work. Whilst a solicitors firm in Barnet may be able to offer employees and solicitors the ability to work from home, a loft extension company in Hertfordshire would have to delay work until construction workers can get to the location of the loft conversion.
It also means more work for local Internet marketing companies that work with companies that are short staffed because of the strikes. Many small businesses may ask the agency responsible for their website to post an update about disruption to service or delays in getting back to customers as a result of travel disruption for their team of employees. Health professionals such as opticians that work with people to treat dyslexia and Meares Irlen Syndrone through colorimetry testing and treatment along with solicitors firms will see many clients and patients missing appointments.
Small businesses affected by two further tube strikes may need to find telephone cover if receptionists can’t get into the office. A reputable telephone answering service is also a useful service for independent professionals that might be busier than usual on the phone to try to recover any lost business. They are able to take the day off from work without worrying about missing calls or losing clients to local competition and may even be able to get sales appointments booked in by a good telephone answering service.