Verizon Communications workers go on strike

About 45,000 workers at US telecommunications giant Verizon Communications have gone on strike after failing to reach agreement on new contracts, unions have announced. Communications Workers for America said Verizon had "refused to move from a long list of concession demands". They said striking would continue until the firm "starts bargaining seriously". Verizon said it would continue to do its part to reach a new contract that "reflects today's economic realities