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London Tube Strike Causes Chaos

A strike by metro drivers wrought havoc on the streets of London, with thousands of commuters seeking alternative ways to get to work Wednesday and Thursday, and overground traffic sometimes grinding to a halt.

According to The Centre for Economics and Business Research, the strike is likely to cost the London and wider UK economy around £110 million ($180 million) because of the loss of productivity.

Train drivers were asking for a pay rise of 5 percent, but recession-hit Londoners had very little sympathy with their demands, as many workers fear unemployment because of the recession and some accepted pay cuts.

Sharon Lorimer