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London commuter chaos as workers strike

Monday, January 09, 2017 - 01:42

Londoners face transport chaos at the start of the working week after two unions representing workers on the London Underground began a 24-hour strike from Sunday evening. Laura Frykberg reports.

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Patience may be a virtue... But for millions of commuters in London this morning They may be forgiven for having it in short supply. As a 24-hour London Underground strike Left the city at a standstill (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE COMMUTER, SAYING: "The buses are mental and so I'd rather just walk." (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE RAIL PASSENGER, SAYING: "I only found out this morning so getting off the train this morning to find out that there's a Tube strike wasn't the best news." Unions led the walkout over staffing levels. After last minute talks with Transport for London failed. For London's Mayor, that sparks little sympathy. (SOUNDBITE) (English) LONDON MAYOR, SADIQ KHAN, SAYING: "I think today's strike is causing misery to millions of commuters. There'll be businesses today in London losing millions of pounds in revenues; patients not able to reach hospital appointments, and this strike could have been avoided." Industrial action is also on the cards in other transport sectors. Some say the last thing the country needs is to appear closed for business. (SOUNDBITE) (English) DARREN SINDEN, INDEPENDENT MARKET ANALYST, SAYING: "It it starts to become a trend then it could genuinely start to become a concern for the economy as a whole, especially for those who might be thinking of making foreign or direct investment into the UK - if you can't guarantee that your workforce is going to turn up on time it might make you think twice in the longer term." With Brexit negotiations just around the corner. Prime Minister Theresa May has given a strong indication yet - that Britain will leave the single market. Sterling slid on the news, while the FTSE 100 hit a new record high. It may not seem like it right now.. But the worse could be yet to come.

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London commuter chaos as workers strike

Monday, January 09, 2017 - 01:42