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Monday’s work-to-rule on Docklands Light Rail is called off

PUBLISHED: 22:54 02 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:55 05 October 2010

INDUSTRIAL action on the DLR due to hit the rail network from Monday has been called off at the 111th hour. Staff at the main control room at Poplar in East London were due to begin a work-to-rule and an overtime ban on January 5 over a new working roster being imposed by the operators

By Mike Brooke

INDUSTRIAL action on the DLR due to hit the rail network from Monday has been called off at the 111th hour.

Staff at the main control room at Poplar in East London were due to begin a work-to-rule and an overtime ban on January 5 over a new working roster being imposed by the operators.

But their union, the RMT, suspended the action after DLR bosses withdrew the disputed roster, which adds an extra day to the working week by reducing shifts from 10 hours to eight.

“The company has stepped back from imposing the rosters, so we have suspended the action,” the union’s general secretary Bob Crow said today (Friday).

“Withdrawing the rosters is a common-sense step towards what we hope will be a successful resolution of this dispute.”

DLR’s operator, Serco-Docklands, has agreed to set up a working group with RMT after the union hinted it would ballot its entire DLR membership.


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