Workers on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) in London have voted for the first strike in the company’s 19-year history.
The RMT union is demanding that the company Serco restarts talks over its plans to slash platform staff.
The RMT’s 250 Serco/DLR members voted for strike action and for action short of strike against plans that include cutting platform staff, cutting station assistants’ pay by up to £5,000 a year and doing away with more than half the current station supervisors.
RMT general secretary Bob Crow said, “We told the company that its plans were unacceptable, and now our members have delivered a decisive mandate for industrial action to defend these jobs.
“However it is dressed up, this reorganisation means a cut in safety-critical staff and fewer people on duty on a railway where most stations are already unstaffed, and it means the downgrading of the skills of those station staff that remain.”