48 Hour Strike On DLR Next Week

Rachel Holdsworth
By Rachel Holdsworth Last edited 26 months ago
48 Hour Strike On DLR Next Week
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Staff on the Docklands Light Railway will strike next week for 48 hours starting next Tuesday, in a dispute over working conditions and accusations of bullying by management.

Over 92% of RMT members on the network voted for strike action, which will start at 3.59am on 3 November and end at 3.58am on 5 November. Although the DLR is 'driverless', trains can't operate without a staff member on board and this strike is expected to heavily affect services. (All those pushing for driverless tube trains to circumvent strikes, take note.)

Keolis and Amey took over running the DLR in December 2014. The RMT says the company is "trying to bulldoze in 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". Staff are also unhappy about the use of agency workers.

Last Updated 28 October 2015

Greg Tingey

If true, the allegations of "agency workers" in a safety-regulated area like railway should raise serious concerns, for everyone.
There are rumours (only rumours) of illegal "blacklisting" by,one of the contracting companies - if true, this practice is illegal.
Note all the qualifiers, please!