Union Chaos: Britain Paralyzed by Second Day of Nationwide Rail Strikes

Union Chaos: Britain Paralyzed by Second Day of Nationwide Rail Strikes


LONDON (AP) – Millions of people in Britain faced disruption Thursday as railway staff staged their second national walkout this week.

The 24-hour strike by 40,000 cleaners, signalers, maintenance workers and station staff cancelled about four-fifths of passenger services across the country. A third walkout is planned for Saturday as part of Britain´s biggest and most disruptive railway strike in 30 years.

Train stations were largely deserted Thursday. Highways also were less busy than expected, and many people appeared to heed advice to avoid travel. Internet provider Virgin Media O2 said its data suggested “millions more people” than usual were working from home.

The strike is a headache for those who can´t work from home, as well as for patients with medical appointments,

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