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Monday’s DLR rail controllers’ strike is called off

PUBLISHED: 01:04 30 January 2009 | UPDATED: 14:00 05 October 2010

A STRIKE which could have brought the DLR network to a halt for 24 hours has been suspended. Members of Britain’s biggest rail union working in the control room of the DLR at Poplar have agreed to suspend Monday’s action after the company said it would leave existing roster and holiday arrangements in place, pending talks

By Mike Brooke

A STRIKE which could have brought the DLR network to a halt for 24 hours has been suspended.

Members of Britain’s biggest rail union working in the control room of the DLR at Poplar in East London have agreed to suspend Monday’s action after the company said it would leave existing roster and holiday arrangements in place, pending talks.

Some 30 RMT members had been set to begin the stoppage at 1pm on February 2 over changes to weekend working hours.

But the company has agreed to keep rosters, rest days and holiday arrangements the same while negotiations are under way, according to the union.

“On that basis we have suspended Monday’s action,” said union general secretary Bob Crow.

“That means the disputed rosters won’t be imposed and our members can take holidays as normal.”

The union had already suspended a work-to-rule on January 5, but gave notice of strike action instead after subsequent talks foundered.

The dispute is about DLR attempts to replace 12-hour weekend shifts with eight-hour duties, depriving 30 staff at Poplar of 24 rest’ days a year.


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