RMT union calls off two-day DLR strike

The Docklands Light Railway in Beckton. Picture: PA Wire/John Stillwell

The Docklands Light Railway in Beckton. Picture: PA Wire/John Stillwell - Credit: PA Wire/Press Association Images

Transport union RMT has cancelled a strike that was due to start tomorrow at 4am.

Mick Cash, the union’s general secretary, says the dispute with KeolisAmey Docklands has been resolved and has called off action that would have halted all Dockland Light Railway (DLR) services for 48 hours.

“This victory is a great example of what a strong, unified RMT membership can achieve,” says Mick Cash.

Members were set to strike over workers being put on secondment without consent. The workers in question are being returned to their in-house roles.

The union also opposed proposed changes to maternity and paternity leave and have secured assurances that policy will remain as it was under Serco’s management.

“These policies and procedures may be reviewed in the future but this will be done through proper consultation with your RMT reps,” explains Mick Cash.

The union’s health and safety concerns are also to be addressed, with KeolisAmey Docklands’ HSQE director meeting with RMT health and safety representatives to ensure members receive sufficient support.

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“During the dispute all parties have worked tirelessly to address employees’ concerns and business needs to prevent unecessary disruption for our passengers,” says Kevin Thomas, managing director of KeolisAmey Docklands. “We will continue to work with the union to ensure we provide our passengers with the best possible travel experience.”

The strike would have seen replacement bus services connecting DLR users to the Tube.

this would have brought disruption to Beckton, Canning Town, King George V and London City Airport while straining other Transport for London services.