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London Underground rail strike chaos

Thursday, August 06, 2015 - 01:17

Millions of Londoners struggled to work on Thursday as a strike brought the Underground rail network to a standstill. As Hayley Platt reports the second strike in a month, caused traffic gridlock across the British capital.

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It was misery for many as London's underground network ground to a halt. Millions of commuters were left struggling to get to work as 'tube' staff staged a 24-hour strike . (SOUNDBITE) (English) COMMUTER, MARK JOHNSON, SAYING: 'It's been a complete disaster this morning. I got up about half an hour earlier, you know you can't do anything, it's just carnage.' (SOUNDBITE) (English) COMMUTER, VIRIGINIA FAIRFAX, SAYING: 'This bus queue is horrendous and it will be all day, so it's not going to be great.' The network normally handles around four million journeys a day. And the strike is the second in a month. Four unions are calling for better pay and conditions. And the shelving of a plan to introduce 24-hour services at weekends. Finn Brennan is from the ASLEF union. SOUNDBITE: Finn Brennan, ASLEF District Organiser, saying (English): "We consulted widely with our members as did the other unions and there's a very strong feeling not to accept that offer. And the real reason was that it simply lacked the firm guarantees that people need about their future working patterns, because that is the key issue in this dispute." The package includes an above-inflation 2 percent pay rise, a one-off payment of 500 pounds and another key promise, says London Underground's Chief Operating Officer Steve Griffiths. SOUNDBITE: Steve Griffiths, COO London Underground, saying (English): "Train drivers will get the same number of weekends off as they have today post the introduction of night tubes." The new shifts are due to start next month.

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London Underground rail strike chaos

Thursday, August 06, 2015 - 01:17