Docklands Light Railway workers set to strike on London Marathon weekend
PUBLISHED: 09:52 06 April 2018 | UPDATED: 10:18 06 April 2018
Workers on the Docklands Light Railway are due to go on a four day strike over the weekend of the London Marathon.
Members of the RMT union are set to walk out from 4am on April 20 until 3.59am on April 24 owing to a dispute with operators KeolisAmey Docklands (KAD) over outsourcing, abuse of procedure and workplace justice.
RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “The RMT continues to push for a negotiated settlement in a dispute that is about turning the tide on outsourcing and ensuring workplace justice for this key group of London transport workers.
“Our negotiating team is frustrated the talks that wound up on Wednesday have failed to make any significant progress on the key issues.
“RMT has made it absolutely clear that this dispute can be resolved and that there is still time to reach a settlement but that requires a display of the same kind of will and commitment from the management side to move the issues forwards,” he added.
KAD expressed disappointment with the RMT for announcing further industrial action despite ongoing talks to resolve the dispute.
The firm criticised the RMT for making the announcement while managers were at conciliation service ACAS continuing efforts to seek a resolution.
KAD Docklands boss Abdellah Chajai said: “Again, we are faced with the RMT refusing to genuinely negotiate and avert unnecessary disruption to our passengers, not least the London Marathon runners and their supporters who are raising millions of pounds for charities.
“Despite this frustrating move, we remain committed to meaningful and reasonable discussion with the union to resolve the issues and we have agreed to meet with the RMT again at the earliest opportunity,” he said.
Mr Chajai added strike action would be “totally unnecessary” and unlike the RMT, the firm’s focus continues to be on doing all we can to avoid disruption for our passengers.
TfL’s interim DLR general manager Mark Davis said he didn’t want to see the thousands of people signed up to run the Marathon, or their supporters, disrupted.
“We urge RMT and KAD to continue with discussions to settle their dispute. If the strike goes ahead, we will work with the operator to provide as much of a service as possible.
“We will ensure customers have all the information they need to re-plan their journeys during this unnecessary strike,” he added.