Train strike looms, while bus strike continues
The public transport strike that started at midnight today seems likely to continue. There is a deadlock in the conflict with neither of the parties willing to move from their positions.
Meanwhile, in a seperate conflict train drivers are threatening to go on strike early tomorrow morning.
The bus strike is affecting hundreds of thousands of commuters in Stockholm and nearby Södertälje, as well as Umeå in the north of Sweden.
The striking bus drivers are demanding higher pay, but also better working hours as well as the right to keep their employment if a new transport company wins a contract to take over the bus service.
In Stockholm and its surrounding municipalities Solna, Sundbyberg and Sollentuna, close to 50 bus lines have been cancelled today as a result of the strike.
A separate strike involving train drivers in Stockholm as well as the greater Gothenburg and Malmö areas is looking ever more likely. A bid has been given to the employers and union this afternoon, with answers demanded by this evening.
If there is no agreement, the strike will break out at 3 AM Thursday, setting the scene for a chaotic transport situation on the day before the Midsummer holiday.