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23/03/01
Tube Strikers Widen Support
- Drivers back station staff colleagues

THE SOLIDITY of today's Tube strike has shocked London Underground managers, who had hoped around 50 per cent of the system would escape disruption.

Instead, only three lines out of eleven are still running and those three are way off full capacity, with the Metropolitan the only line running through central London.

The Tube network has been hit harder than envisaged by the decision of many drivers to support their station staff colleagues. Today's 24 hour stoppage is being organised by the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union (RMT) which represents mainly non-train employees on the Underground.

Traditionally, there has often been enmity between the RMT and the drivers union, ASLEF, but this time around many drivers are refusing to cross RMT picket lines, thus strengthening the strike. Earlier this year, RMT members backed an ASLEF stoppage in similar fashion.

Members of both unions have been bolstered by the support of the travelling public in their battle with Tube chiefs. Commuters appear ready to share union members distrust over plans for privatisation which both the RMT and ASLEF say threatens safety.




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