London subway workers stage New Year's Eve strike

January 1, 2006 01:12
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ritish subway workers walked out Saturday in a 24-hour strike, disrupting the London Underground as tens of thousands of revelers thronged in the capital to celebrate the New Year. Managers said they were confident, however, that much of the sprawling network would remain open and by late evening only around 30 of the system's 275 stations were closed. Leaders of the RMT union had expected the subway to grind to a halt when guards and ticket office workers left their posts at noon, in protest over new staff assignments and schedules. Authorities said the strike had little impact. Nevertheless, many partygoers were left confused about which stations would be open, and worried about their journey home. "This whole strike has been very inconvenient and I think has lost the Tube workers some support from the public," said Jodie Schaffer, 28, heading by subway to a party in north London.

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