Stockholm trains disrupted as drivers start three-day wildcat strike

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Stockholm trains disrupted as drivers start three-day wildcat strike
Large numbers of trains were cancelled in Stockholm on Monday. Photo: Johan Jeppsson / TT

Stockholm's transport provider SL warned of chaotic commuting traffic on Monday morning after train drivers announced a so-called "wildcat strike" for three days, started at 3am on Monday. 


"This is going to have a big impact on traffic," SL's press chief Andreas Strömberg told the TT newswire early on Monday. "Right now the trains are out and rolling, it's not as if all of them have ground to a halt, but it's going to be a difficult situation for travellers." 


SL said that MTR, which operates the trains, had told it that drivers who were supposed to arrive early on Monday morning to work had not turned up, although it remains unclear how many drivers are joining the strike. 

"We are going to have to cancel trains at short notice and it's going to lead to unstable and irregular traffic," Strömberg said. 

At 6am, SL had buses in place to take commuters to the nearest Stockholm underground stations. 

The Seko union, which has the majority of train drivers as members, has criticised the strikers.

The decision to strike was taken on Friday at a meeting of 150 train drivers in protest against a decision taken to no longer have guards in train carriages checking tickets and helping maintain order.


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