27 Dec '11, 12am

Post-Christmas sales in London disrupted after underground train service workers go on strike

Post-Christmas sales in London disrupted after underground train service workers go on strike

London's underground train service was virtually halted by a strike over pay on Monday, disrupting the start of the post-Christmas sales and sporting fixtures. -- PHOTO: AP LONDON (AFP) - London's underground train service was virtually halted by a strike over pay on Monday, disrupting the start of the post-Christmas sales and sporting fixtures. Most lines were shut or operating a vastly reduced service, but shoppers used cars, buses and taxis to reach retail outlets, registering 'record-breaking' levels of trade, according to sales figures. Members of the London Underground train drivers' union ASLEF voted overwhelmingly to hold a 24-hour strike on Dec 26, a public holiday in Britain known as Boxing Day, and on three more dates in the coming weeks. Drivers are angry that their employer is refusing to give them extra pay and a day off for working on Boxing Day. The operato...

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