Britain's economic crisis deepened on Tuesday (15 January) with a nationwide one-day strike by train drivers.
Britain's economic crisis deepened on Tuesday (15 January) with a nationwide one-day strike by train drivers. Their action came as Mr. Heath prepared to face a hastily re-convened Parliament, and as hopes faded for an and to the industrial disputes crippling the economy.
The rail strike brought chaos to the roads. And for those with cars, it brought the morning rush hour in the cities forward by up to two hours. By 6 am, motoring organisations were reporting that routes into many major cities were packed. In London, roads from the suburbs were described as "bursting at the seems."
The drivers Union, ASLEF, decided to strike after weeks of overtime bans and "working to rule" which had brought them no nearer a solution to their pay claim. The management of the state-run rail system refused to joint in any pay negotiations with the unions until the drivers overtime ban was lifted. This was why the one-day strike was called - but there are signs that ASLEF may suspend future action to allow talks to proceed.
The train service on Wednesday (16th January) was expected to be normal.