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DLR security staff and cleaners to stage 48-hour strike

Security staff and cleaners on London's Docklands Light Railway are to stage a 48-hour strike in a dispute over pay and conditions.

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Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union employed by facilities company Interserve will walk out from 5.30am tomorrow after voting by 4-1 in favour of action.

The union will not sit back while core issues on pay and working conditions are left unresolved. The ballot result delivered a huge democratic mandate that shows the anger amongst our members and it is about time that Interserve woke up and took note. Our members will be sending that message loud and clear over the next two days in a dispute which has ramifications for the entire outsourcing industry in the UK and its virulent anti-union stance.

– Mick Cash, RMT General Secretary

DLR workers to vote over strike action

DLR workers will vote over strike action Credit: PA

Docklands Light Railway workers are to be balloted over strike action due to disputes over pay and conditions. Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union will vote in the coming weeks, with a result expected on May 12.

There are two separate disputes involving this year's pay deal for directly employed staff and another row over wages for employees at the facilities company Interserve.

RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: "Our reps are in no doubt that we need to send a clear message to management that staff are prepared to fight to demand decent rewards and recognition, a safe working environment, decent working conditions and will not be forced into accepting inferior pay arrangements."


48 hour strike planned by DLR workers is suspended

A 48-hour strike planned by workers on London's Docklands Light Railway from tomorrow has been suspended.

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The Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union said talks with the DLR operators had secured an agreement. Workers were due to walk out from tomorrow morning in a dispute over outsourcing and new human resources policies.

RMT is delighted to be able to announce that the determination and solidarity of our members across Docklands Light Railway has forced the pace in head-to-head talks with the operators, Keolis/Amey, and as a result we have secured agreement on all of the issues the union had put into dispute. That means that the union has been able to suspend the strike action, action that would have led to a total shutdown of the Docklands Light Railway from tomorrow morning. RMT members voted overwhelmingly for strike action and have proved that unity and organisation in the workplace can deliver positive outcomes that protect staff and their working conditions.

– Mick Cash. RMT General Secretary

DLR industrial action to coincide with Tube strike

  • One of the strikes will coincide with a planned walkout by London Underground workers in a separate dispute over the closure of Tube ticket offices
  • DLR workers, who are employed by Serco, will also ban overtime for 24 hours from January 31 having voted overwhelmingly for industrial action
  • The RMT said there had been a "total breakdown" in industrial relations, while pay negotiations had stalled

DLR 'working to resolve issues' that promoted strike

We are very disappointed by the RMT's announcement to take industrial action at Serco Docklands.

We are working hard to resolve the issues that have been raised recently by the RMT.

Our priority remains to continue discussions with employees and union representatives to resolve the dispute and avoid any unnecessary industrial action and service disruption to our passengers.

– Kevin Thomas, Managing Director of Serco Docklands


DLR staff need 'treating with the respect they deserve'

RMT will not tolerate the cavalier abuse of procedures, agreements and pay negotiations which has led to the complete breakdown of industrial relations on this vital section of the London transport operation.

Transport for London, and their contractors Serco, need to recognise just what an essential service the DLR staff provide to Londoners and it is about time they were treated with the respect that they deserve.

– Bob Crow, RMT General Secretary

Workers on Docklands Light Railway vote to go on strike

Workers on London's Docklands Light Railway have voted to go on strike in a row over pay and industrial relations. The RMT Union says members backed industrial action by 9-1, over a series of issues including this year's pay award, the use of agency staff and disciplinary procedures.

Passengers at Stratford's DLR station Credit: Press Association

DLR inspector punched repeatedly after asking passenger to remove feet from seats

A Docklands Light Railway inspector has been punched repeatedly after asking a woman to take her feet off the seats. The assault happened on a train between Lewisham and Bank stations on 25 September. The inspector initially asked two passengers to remove their dog from the seat.

He then asked a woman to take her feet off the chair. The pair were asked to leave the train at Elverson Road when they failed to produce a ticket. Police are trying to trace a woman seen on CCTV.

CCTV image from Docklands Light Railway Credit: British Transport Police
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