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Strike causes chaos on roads

world Updated: Jun 29, 2010 14:16 IST

Traffic in Madrid is in chaos as subway trains have stopped running because of a strike to protest wage cuts ordered by the Spanish government.

Madrid Metro company says all subway trains have been cancelled Tuesday because labor unions refused to comply with an agreed 50 percent minimum services.

The complete stoppage caught many people by surprise and forced them to seek alternative transport. Many people had to use cars, causing traffic jams across the city.

It was the second day of a three-day strike called to protest an average 5-percent wage cut for public service workers that is due to come into effect next month. The government is trying to cut its oversized budget deficit.

Some 2.5 million people use the Madrid subway system daily.