Millions of commuters walked, cycled or endured gridlocked roads on Monday after two unions representing London Underground workers went ahead with a 24-hour strike beginning on Sunday evening.
Transport unions RMT and TSSA are protesting against ticket-office closures and job cuts over recent years, saying they pose a safety issue for passengers, Associated Press reports.
Numerous tube stations and lines were closed on Monday morning, as well as links to Terminal 4 and 5 at London’s Heathrow airports. London Mayor Sadiq Khan acknowledged certain issues needed addressing, but also called the action “completely unnecessary” and an inconvenience to the British capital. “Why strike…Why not resolve these things amicably?” he told the BBC.
The walkout is part of a wave of industrial actions at the start of 2017, which include a two-day strike by British Airways cabin crew starting on Tuesday as well as a three-day strike by drivers on Southern rail.
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