The strikes against an inflation triggered in the United Kingdom continued this Friday and paralyzed almost all public transport in London, the capital.
“There is virtually no service” on the London Underground, although “two lines are running at reduced capacity” with a train every 15 minutes or so, a spokeswoman for public transport operator TfL told to a source.
Bus traffic was also disrupted.
The United Kingdom has been experiencing a wave of massive strikes in transport, post and ports since Thursday, the largest social movement of its kind in decades.
The workers demand wage increases corresponding to inflation, which corrodes purchasing power and reached 10.1% in twelve months in July and could exceed 13% in October, according to Bank of England forecasts.
Outside Blackhorse Road station in north London, a group of people expressed their frustration.
“I’m going to be late for work, I need to get to central London,” one woman lamented, as she tried to get on a bus.
“I understand the message [that the strikers] want to convey to their bosses, but London is a big city and many people need to get to work,” said Catherine Ondo, a 25-year-old saleswoman.
Another day of rail strike is expected on Saturday.
According to the unions, negotiations with private operators in the sector are at an impasse after they rejected an offer of an 8% wage increase over two years by Network Rail, the state-owned railway company.
Unions accuse it of being conditional on large-scale layoffs.
Transport Minister Grant Shapps instead accuses the unions of blocking the situation and rejecting reforms to modernize the sector.