Worst London tube strike since 2002 to affect Arab tourists

The strike will see 20,000 workers withdraw their labor for 24 hours in a move that will shut down the entire Underground network. (File photo: AFP)

A tube strike in the British capital - that is due to start on Wednesday evening, after talks between unions and London Underground managers failed to avert a walkout – will likely paralyze London at the height of the tourist season and impact Arab travelers.

The strike will see 20,000 workers withdraw their labor for 24 hours in a move that will shut down the entire Underground network.

Commentators say it will be the worst strike to hit the London underground network since 2002, with the complete halt of all services as all four trade unions representing employees strike.

Arab travelers and businessmen who will be visiting London at that time are advised to check the TfL website for the latest information.

The unions are protesting over plans for an all-night weekend service starting September, and have rejected an offer of an average 2 percent pay rise this year with £2,000 for drivers on the new all-night service.

Drivers earn an annual salary of almost £50,000 ($77,230).

According to British media, transport for London said it would run extra bus and river services in the event of a strike, while Tfl said it would deploy travel ambassadors and volunteers to hand out maps to tourists and help with directions.
 

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:48 - GMT 06:48
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