Union members to take action next week

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

DLRRMT members working on the Docklands Light Railway are to strike on Tuesday and Wednesday next week.

The announcement comes after talks failed to make any serious progress following the confirmation of a massive 92% vote to strike by RMT members last week. Members will be taking action from 0359 on Tuesday until 0358 on Thursday.

The union says the strike is because of abuses of the use of agency staff, a creeping culture of bullying and intimidation and breaches of agreements, procedures and the recognition framework.

RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “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.

“Despite strenuous efforts by RMT negotiators in talks since the ballot was confirmed the company have dug their heels in and have failed to make progress in a number of key areas at the heart of the dispute.  As a result RMT has no option but to confirm 48 hours of strike action for next week.  The union remains available for further talks.”


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