- RMT union members to walk out over outsourcing, safety
- Talks with managers at Keolis-Amey fall apart Monday
London’s Docklands Light Railway, which connects the U.K. capital’s main financial district with the Canary Wharf office complex and London City Airport, will close for 48 hours for the first time in its 28-year history as staff strike over the outsourcing of work.
Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union plan to walk out from 4 a.m. Tuesday until late morning Thursday after last-ditch talks failed to find a resolution, DLR said in a statement. The main line terminating next to the Bank of England will be shut, along with the rest of the network.
The action concerns the use of agency staff by operator KeolisAmey Docklands and the monitoring of staff with closed-circuit cameras, according to RMT General Secretary Mick Cash, who said management had also failed to carry out sufficient levels of risk assessment -- jeopardizing the safety of employees and the public.
Keolis SA, a unit of France’s state-owned railway SNCF, and builder Ferrovial SA’s Amey Plc arm, won a tender to manage the DLR last December after Serco Plc previously ran it for 17 years.
“It is extremely disappointing to find the RMT union refusing to work with us to avert the strike action they have planned,” KAD Managing Director Kevin Thomas said in a statement. “Our management team remains open to talk.”