Commuters Down the Tube as Strike Hits London
Underground out of service, but strikers have little support
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 10, 2009 5:14 AM CDT
A line for taxis at Paddington Station in London today. A 48-hour Tube strike has disrupted commutes for millions in the capital.   (©Ash Berlin)
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(Newser) – London commuters faced a trial to get to work today as a subway strike pushed millions onto buses, bikes, and boats. The 48-hour strike began last night after talks broke down with one of the Tube's unions over disciplinary measures against two train drivers. Some lines are running irregularly, however, as dissenting Tube workers showed up to work in defiance of the union, reports the Evening Standard.

Boris Johnson, the London mayor who got to work today on a Thames ferry, called the action "absolutely crazy." The strikers have pledged to continue the work action, but the leader of a rival union, who believes the job action is wrong, had no support for the strikers: "In the past our drivers would have refused to cross picket lines. This, however, is evidently not the case today."