Scotland business

Small businesses urged to prepare for rail strike

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Small firms in Scotland are being urged to prepare for national strike action planned by rail workers next week.

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has recommended that companies put in place contingency plans to limit any disruption to their business.

Signallers, maintenance staff and station workers are set to walk out at 17:00 on Bank Holiday Monday in the first UK-wide rail strike for 21 years.

The RMT union is in dispute with track operator Network Rail over pay.

The TSSA, which was also due to take part in industrial action, has called of its strike after receiving a new pay offer.

FSB Scottish policy convener Andy Willox said: "The country is bracing itself for the planned strike action next Monday and Tuesday.

"The FSB encourages all businesses that could lose out as a result of the potentially costly strike to put contingency plans in place.

"Small businesses tend to be flexible and resourceful and will find ways to minimise losses where possible.

"For example they may allow their employees to work remotely, or hold meetings with clients online rather than in person.

"However shops, cafes, restaurants and other firms which rely on footfall may have little choice but to take the hit."

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