In the British capital began the largest in recent years, the underground workers strike
It is expected to significantly affect the operation of the London Underground.
The organizers are the workers’ union strike rail and sea transport, as well as the Association of Transport Workers.Protest began Tuesday, February 4th, at 21:00 local time (00:00 Wednesday to Kiev). It is scheduled to last 48 hours. A similar strike is planned for 11-13 February. During this period, the metro trains will move with the increased interval, and in certain areas and service stations will be completely stopped.
London Underground workers strike unions intend to protest against government plans to close ticket offices in the subway, resulting in up to a thousand people may lose their jobs.
London City Hall decision to close ticket offices explain increasing the level of automation of sales due to the emergence of a growing number of the respective devices. In 2013, at the box office was purchased less than 3 percent of all tickets. In addition, many Londoners prefer to use a single transport card, which you can top up via the Internet.
Metro employees are not going to give up. In anticipation of protests Workers Union head rail and sea transport Bob Crow said: “The city authorities simply have left us no choice. We know that if we do not go to drastic steps, just lost his job.” However, he stressed that the strike could not be, if at City Hall demonstrated a willingness for constructive talks, but it did not happen.