RMT members take action over a range of issues after talks break down

Tim Lezard Europe, UK, Rail, Transport (ITF), RMT,

DLRRMT members today begin a 48-hour strike on the Docklands Light Railway.

Talks on Friday and yesterday morning failed, with the union accusing management of refusing to address a range of issues, including the use of agency staff and the imposition of changes to working practices.

RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “RMT negotiators have made every effort over the past 72 hours to resolve this dispute through negotiation but due to the sheer intransigence of the management the DLR now has its first ever all-out strike action in the 28 years history of the railway.

“The responsibility for the massive disruption is entirely down to the aggressive and bullying attitude of the new KAD management who don’t seem to understand the basic principles of industrial relations.

“Our members on DLR are furious at the way that Keolis/Amey are trying to bulldoze through some of the worst working practices and conditions that we associate with the operations of the most cheapskate and anti-union companies in the transport sector and that anger is reflected in the ballot results. We will not sit back and allow this aggressive and bullying culture to develop on this key part of London’s transport network.

“The company should not have underestimated the anger of the workforce and KAD’s abject failure to address these issues which left us with no option but to ballot for action and that ballot registered a massive 92% in favour.”

The key issues at the heart of the dispute are:

•         Abuses of the use of agency staff  within the KAD network.

•         Undermining the position of Control Centre, stores and other grades effectively casualising key functions

•         A creeping culture of bullying and intimidation of staff, including an abuse of the use of CCTV,  being allowed to develop

•         Breaches of agreements, procedures and the recognition framework

 


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