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traffic chaos predicted

Widening strike threat for next week

Published tisdag 18 juni 2013 kl 16.45

There's a warning of a third planned day of strike action affecting public transport in Sweden. Another 1,400 employees, mainly in bus services in Stockholm, will go on strike on June 29 unless employers and unions agree terms on improved pay and conditions.

"We are doing this because we want to highlight to our employer that we are serious," says Lenita Granlund, from the public sector trade union, Kommunal, in a press release, Tuesday.

Kommunal, and the Stockholm region’s bus and rail company, SL, have failed to agree on changes to pay and conditions, making strike action on the buses likely from Tuesday evening, with the train to follow on Thursday, just ahead of Sweden’s Midsummer weekend when thousands will be travelling to celebrations around the country.

Many Stockholmers and people living in Södertälje and Umeå can have difficulty getting into work on Wednesday morning.

If the strike includes the trains on Thursday, there will be total traffic chaos.

Extending the strike for another day next week would mean that a large part of Stockholm's bus transportation would be at a standstill.

The extended strike would include shuttle buses to and from the airports in Gothenburg and Malmö.

Swedish Radio News reports that by 5:PM Tuesday, there was no indication that any breakthrough had been made.

The transport union, Seko, is seeking similar concessions to Kommunal and has threatened to stop all commuter trains in and around the capital, the western city of Gothenberg and the southern region Skåne from Thursday if an agreement is not reached.

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