Train strikes hit London

RAIL strikes caused havoc for commuters travelling on the National Express East Anglia train services yesterday, as members of the Rail Maritime and Transport (RMT) and Aslef unions took industrial action over a pay dispute.<br /><br />The 48-hour walk-out had &ldquo;crippled&rdquo; services, the unions said.<br /><br />Many commuters stayed at home as a limited peak-time service failed to compensate for the disruption.<br /><br />RMT and Aslef are planning a further three 48-hour strikes throughout August if pay demands aren&rsquo;t met.<br /><br />&ldquo;This strike has been caused by greedy National Express bosses who have milked every penny out of this franchise, while treating their staff like dirt,&rdquo; RMT general secretary Bob Crow said.<br /><br />National Express said it had offered above inflation pay increases, and that unions were being &ldquo;unrealistic.&rdquo;