City chaos as strikes go ahead

LONDON was thrown into chaos last night as London Underground (LU) staff staged a 48-hour walk-out.<br /><br />Last-ditch talks between RMT union officials and LU bosses fell apart just before the 7pm strike start-time, as the union accused transport chiefs of &ldquo;pulling the rug from under a workable agreement&rdquo; by bringing in lawyers.<br /><br />Transport for London (TfL) condemned the strikes, which come after a dispute over pay and jobs. The last straw came as RMT called for two fired train drivers to be reinstated as a pre-condition to calling off the action. <br /><br />London transport commissioner Peter Hendy called the strikes a &ldquo;slap in the face to hardworking Londoners,&rdquo; while CBI director-general John Cridland said &ldquo;this strike is damaging for business and will cause widespread inconvenience.&rdquo; The chamber of commerce estimates that the strikes will cost London &pound;100m in lost productivity.<br /><br />RMT wants a five per cent pay rise and no compulsory redundancies.<br /><br />Emergency measures have been put in place across the capital to help keep London rolling.&nbsp;&nbsp;