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Bus traffic still at standstill in Swedish cities as strike enters eighth day

Published onsdag 26 juni 2013 kl 11.25
Workers striking in Gävle. Photo: Sofie Tejre/Swedish Radio

More than a week into the Swedish bus strike, the number of commuters affected by the halt to traffic is growing as bus drivers and other workers demand higher pay, more humane working hours and better job security.

In Jönköping, all bus traffic is standing still today as a result of striking service staff at the bus garages.

In Gävle and Östersund in central Sweden, garage and service staff are also striking, which means that buses cannot be fuelled.

Gävle is running out of fuel. Tomorrow both gas and diesel will have finished, which means buses will stop, affecting around 10,000 people, according to a public transport representative.

In Östersund, fuel is expected to last until Friday.

In the city of Norrköping, a festival is set to start tomorrow. The expected 45,000 visitors will now have to walk the five kilometres from the centre to the festival venue as there are no trams.

According to the Kommunal union, 1,400 of its members are currently taken off work. If no deal is struck with the employers' association, the strike will be expanded Saturday with another 1,400 members going on strike.

Kommunal says its strike fund is very large, totalling around 2.4 billion kronor, and that they are able to keep their members on strike for a very long time.

The opposing parties have been talking for the past couple of days, although they say no formal negotiations are currently taking place.

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