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Commuters Suffer Fourth Wildcat Strike in Seven Weeks

May 23, 1989

LONDON (AP) _ Commuters crowded into buses and cars and onto the sidewalks Tuesday during London’s fourth illegal subway strike in seven weeks.

About 95 percent of London Underground’s trains were canceled after most of the system’s 3,800 train crew workers stayed off their jobs to publicize pay demands, a spokesman said.

Buses and most British Rail trains were running.

David Morris, a spokesman for London Regional Transport which operates the London Underground, said only 30 of its 476 trains were operating at the peak of Tuesday’s morning rush hour.

He said he could not predict how many workers would show up for evening shifts on the 126-year-old system used by 3 million people daily.

Roads into and around the city were ″very, very congested,″ said Graham Lisle of the Automobile Association. ″Maybe because it wasn’t as widespread a strike as before, people thought the traffic wouldn’t be as bad.″

Train drivers and guards are opposing changes that eventually call for drivers to operate trains alone, and drivers are also demanding extra pay to do so. The subway strikes began April 5.

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