DLR workers to strike over shift changes

by Gemma Collins WORKERS in the control room at Docklands Light Railway are to strike for 48 hours next week in a row over new rosters. The rail union RMT announced today

by Gemma Collins

WORKERS in the control room at Docklands Light Railway are to strike for 48 hours next week in a row over new rosters.

The rail union RMT announced today that staff working in the DLR control room in Poplar, employed by Serco Docklands, would stage a walk-out from 12.40pm next Wednesday through to 12.39pm on the Friday.

The new rosters involve changing workers' shifts from 12 hours to eight hours.

Union members who say they are being "forced" into striking by management claim the rosters will cause a "massive change in working conditions" and cost staff up to 24 rest days a year.

But Serco Docklands says it will improve safety.