London DLR Workers to Strike Over Pay

Security and cleaning staff on London's Docklands Light Railway are to hold a two-day strike over pay, according to union officials.

The National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) said staff working for Interserve Facilities on its DLR contract would strike because of an “ongoing fight over pay.” The industrial action run from early morning on Oct. 15 to Oct. 17.

The RMT said it met with new management to discuss a long-running dispute about contract terms and was promised a response. It said the company had not replied.

In a statement released on the RMT website, the union said: “Our members working for Interserve on Docklands Light Railway know just how crucial it is that they stand firm and demand that the company stops dragging its heels and responds to the union with an offer to resolve this dispute including a decent pay increase for all staff and the proper application of our long-standing agreements.”

“These workers do some of the dirtiest jobs on the transport system and their demand for pay justice should be supported across this City. The union remains available for talks.”

The £32 million ($49 million) Interserve contract started in December 2014 and runs for seven years. Interserve said on its website that almost 280,000 people use the network daily.

The DLR opened in 1987 and operates a driverless, computerised network in parts of east London, and serves the Canary Wharf financial district.

According to Transport for London, annual passenger numbers have risen rapidly since the early 1990s, climbing from 10 million to more than 101 million during 2013-14.


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