RMT members working on the Docklands Light Railway are to go on a 48 hour strike from 28th January it has been announced. Following the takeover of the contract to operate the network by KeolisAmey Docklands Ltd at the start of December a number of changes were made to terms and conditions and it is these changes that RMT members are objecting to leading to their strike action.
Mick Cash, RMT General Secretary, said: “Following feedback from well-attended branch meetings and the ballot result, the company should be under no illusions about RMT members’ determination to fight against detrimental changes to terms and conditions. These include secondments without members’ consent or agreement, new and inferior policies on maternity and paternity leave, longer waiting period for entitlement to full sick pay and a failure by the company to deal with a list of outstanding health and safety issues. RMT has no doubts that our members will stand together and support this strike action as they continue the demonstration of unity and solidarity shown by all this dispute so far.”
Talks are said to be ongoing in the hope of stopping this strike action but if it does go-ahead Transport for London have said services will be affected although they will try to run as many as possible.