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London DLR workers anger against firm

by Matthew Cookson
Issue No. 2211

Two major disputes are planned to hit the London transport network.

Workers on the Dockland Light Railway (DLR) were set to strike this week, and workers across London Underground are balloting for strikes.

RMT union members on the DLR were set to strike on Friday of this week after rejecting a union-negotiated deal to settle the dispute.

And thousands of RMT and TSSA union members began voting this week over major attacks against jobs on London Underground.

Axe

Management wants to axe 800 station staff as part of cost-cutting measures. They have also claimed to the RMT that the network has 300 more drivers than it needs.

There are even rumours that the Tories who run the capital want to introduce driverless trains.

The union believes that this level of cuts will have a severe effect on passengers’ safety.

The ballot closes on Wednesday 11 August. There must be a big yes vote that is acted upon immediately to ramp up the pressure on the bosses.

The Serco Docklands workers on the DLR are angry at the company’s failure to make adequate payments for the increased workload and responsibility following the introduction of a third carriage to trains.

The union called off a planned three-day strike last month after receiving the new offer, but members overwhelmingly rejected it.

The DLR covers stations in east London, including the financial centre of Canary Wharf.

Bob Crow, the RMT general secretary, said, “Our members have shown once again that they are simply not prepared to take on more work and more responsibility without being properly compensated by the company.”

The workers have also set Tuesday of next week and Friday 6 August for strikes.

The victory of workers at the Tube Lines maintenance firm should offer hope to both groups. Their solid strike, and the support it gathered from other staff, meant that management had to make major concessions.


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Tue 20 Jul 2010, 18:40 BST
Issue No. 2211
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