Wednesday, September 5, 2007

London at her knees...


There were widespread unhappiness over the Tube strikes. Not suprising, considering that 3.2 million people were affected (each day) when 2,300 Metronet Union members goes on strike. However, amid the frustrations, some commuters expressed sympathy for the union members. As mentioned in an earier post, 9 out of 12 lines were suspended. The remaining three are working only because the workers belong to a different unions, which called off the strikes.

Tempers were especially hot at Waterloo station which four lines converge. The police were called in when scuffles broke out between picketing union members and some angry commuters. It seems somewhat surreal that all major roads are chocked with office workers walking to their workplace.

Though I'll be the first to admit that there some inconvenience caused by the strike (to put it mildly) but I cannot help but think how the Metronet workers can get their point across. Some nurses commented that their work conditions are much worse than the Metronet workers but they refrained from striking as that will mean that bedridden patients will be endangered... hmm...

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