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Crow: People who want to ban strikes 'acting like Hitler'

Union leader Bob Crow has suggested that those who want to ban strikes would be acting like "Hitler before the war".

Mayor of London Boris Johnson said a change in the law was needed to curb strikes, with some suggesting a 50 per cent minimum threshold in ballots for industrial action would help prevent disruption.

London commuters have faced major disruption with two-thirds of Tube services suffering as a result of the strikes.

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Union accuses tube bosses of risking passenger safety

This picture of overcrowding at Waterloo was released by one of the transport unions. Credit: RMT

The RMT rail union has accused tube bosses of putting passenger safety at risk during today's tube strike.

They have released a photo of overcrowding at Waterloo, claiming that London Underground had "[ripped] up the safety rule book".

Alexander: I'd 'look at' minimum strike ballot proposals

Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander has suggested he would consider proposals for a new law aimed at curbing strike action amid the ongoing London Underground walk-out.

Critics of union strikes have called for a 50% minimum threshold in ballots for industrial action to limit disruption.

ITV News Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship tweeted:

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Plus Danny Alexander would "look at" proposals for minimum strike ballot but not been convinced of need for trade union reform #tubestrike

The 48-hour Tube walk-out was supported by 77 per cent of RMT union workers on a turnout of around 41% of those eligible to vote.

The London Underground workers are striking over the closure of ticket offices on the network, which has seen several hundred jobs lost.

Boris Johnson says Tube strike disruption 'won't work'

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has said his office is doing "all we can to get people to work" on the first morning of travel chaos caused by 48 hours of strike action by London Underground workers.

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In a series of tweets ending with the hashtag #pointlessstrike, Mr Johnson said "disrupting millions of people's lives won't work" and urged union bosses to "come back to the table and talk to (Transport for London)".

Members of the RMT and TSSA unions walked out at 9pm last night for 48 hours in protest at the closure of ticket offices, with the loss of several hundred jobs.

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Commuters face gridlock amid chaotic London travel

The London Underground strike has caused gridlock on the capital's roads and massive disruption on Tubes and buses.

Millions of commuters have faced packed Tubes and buses as well as trains, as people switched to other forms of transport to get to work.

Passengers, already used to boarding packed trains in the capital, found space on carriages even more limited at Ealing Broadway. Credit: ITV News London/Simon Harris

Union leaders, who are leading the walk-out over ticket office job cuts on the network, have accused Transport for London of under-estimating the impact of the strike action.

London Underground said it was operating train services on eight out of 11 lines despite the "completely unnecessary" strike.

Commuters queue for buses at Shepherd's Bush. Credit: ITV News London/Simon Harris

See: More images of travel chaos as 'overcrowding' closes station

Closures and huge crowds on strike-hit Tube network

Commuters travelling across the capital have been enduring chaotic scenes on the first morning of the 48 hour London Underground strike action.

Crowds built up at stations across the capital's Tube network, which is running a hugely reduced service across the 10 underground lines.

Stratford Station was one of the worst affected, with commuters "evacuated" and the station closed because of overcrowding.

Finsbury Park was among many Tube stops that opened at 7am to vast crowds outside.

Members of the RMT and TSSA unions walked out at 9pm last night for 48 hours in protest at the closure of ticket offices, with the loss of several hundred jobs.

Crow: 'Rock solid' action is reflection of anger at cuts

Bob Crow said the unions "remain available for talks at any time aimed at resolving this dispute". Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Union leader Bob Crow has hailed the London Underground strike as "rock solid" and said: "No one can now question the determination of the Tube workforce in the face of the mayor's cuts plans."

Members of the RMT and TSSA unions walked out at 9pm last night for 48 hours in protest at the closure of ticket offices, with the loss of several hundred jobs.

Mr Crow, the general secretary of the RMT, said: "As we expected the action is rock solid this morning and has reduced the network to a skeleton service with only a few ghost trains running through closed stations.

"That is simply a reflection of the staff anger at attempts to bulldoze through cuts to jobs, services and safety which would reduce the Tube to a dangerous, hollowed-out shell."

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