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Commuters bear brunt of UK’s worst rail strike in 30 years

By wasmulhaq 
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London: Commuters in the UK faced a daunting task in their movement on Tuesday as railway workers started the biggest rail strike in three decades. This strike created havoc in the UK. A cost-of-living crisis threatens wider industrial action.

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The talks between the officials and the union to avert the strike failed on Monday, meaning more than 50,000 members of the rail union will walk out for three days this week.

Train and London Underground stations were closed Tuesday morning, forcing commuters to work from home or find alternate routes to work.

A huge number of people were waiting at bus stops on the outer edge of London shortly after 6:00 am, but many gave up as services towards the capital carried on without stopping, already full.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said he “deplored” the strikes, which he said evoked the “bad old days of the 1970s.”

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School-going children have been facing great difficulty as thousands of teenagers are taking national exams and will also be affected.

The strikes are the biggest dispute on Britain’s railway network since 1989, according to the RMT.

Rail operators, on the other hand, warn of disruption throughout the week, with only about 20% of services running during the walkouts, while lines not affected by the strike must still reduce services.

 

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