A new strike by London Underground drivers paralyzes the transport network

Several people queue on the platform of Canary Wharf tube station before the strike by the RMT and ASLEF unions scheduled for Wednesday in London, Great Britain, March 14, 2023. REUTERS/Kevin Coombs (KEVIN COOMBS/)

The strike who second this Wednesday the conductors of the London Underground trainsin demand for better working conditions, has paralyzed this transportation network.

The website of Transport for London (TfL), in charge of the British capital’s underground, shows that there are no operational services on any of the lines.

The drivers, belonging to the union of the sector Aslef and to the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT), have gone on strike in protest because the saving measures in the network can cause a reduction in pensions and working conditions.

Apart from the protest of the subway drivers, the Recently graduated doctors and residents end their 72-hour strike on Wednesday in demand for job improvements, while in England teachers go unemployed, also for the same reasons.

The closed Westminster tube station entrance in London, Britain, March 1, 2022. REUTERS/Toby Melville/File
The closed Westminster tube station entrance in London, Britain, March 1, 2022. REUTERS/Toby Melville/File (TOBY MELVILLE/)

Likewise, some 150,000 civil servants who work in more than 100 government departments are going on strike today to demand a salary increase.

In recent months, the United Kingdom has experienced a wave of strikes from different sectors -such as the nursing union, doctors who do the residency, ambulance personnel, university professors or postal workers- to demand salary improvements due to the increase in the cost of living, since year-on-year inflation exceeds the 10%.

The country’s accumulated debt stood at the end of last December at £2.5 trillion ($3.02 trillion)which is equivalent to 99.5% of GDP, according to the latest official data.

(With information from EFE)

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