July 30, 2009
Rail strike halts British trains
British rail travelers faced massive delays Thursday as union workers began a 48-hour walkout over wages and working conditions.
Workers at National Express East Anglia struck in a tense atmosphere in which union leader Bob Crowe said,
National Express bosses "¦ have soaked up $4.1 billion in taxpayer subsidies in the past 10 years and "¦ have milked every penny out of this franchise while treating their staff like dirt.
totally unrealistic, especially in this current economic climate.
The company said it lost more than $33 million in the first half of the year on the East Coast rail line, which is scheduled to be nationalized soon, The Times of London reported.