Docklands Light Railway

DLR workers to strike again

Published on: Mon, 09/04/2018 - 00:26

Workers on London's Docklands Light Railway will strike from 20-24 April, as part of an ongoing dispute over a range of attacks by Keolis Amey Docklands (KAD), the contractor that operates the DLR.

KAD has begun to outsource more work on the DLR, which the RMT union undermines the job security of existing staff. Recent roster changes have also hit work/life balance, with RMT also accusing KAD of failing to uphold company procedures.

The strikes threaten to disrupt the London Marathon, due to take place over that weekend.

RMT has solid organisation on the DLR, with high density, meaning action is likely to shut the job down. Get down to the picket lines at Poplar and Beckton to support our brothers and sisters!

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Is ISS shipping in strike-breakers?

Published on: Thu, 01/02/2018 - 14:58

Cleaners and security workers employed by ISS on the DLR contract struck again today. The strike will last until 3 February; workers have also planned a work-to-rule from 5 February.

The strike follows a successful action on New Year's Eve, and is over a raft of issues; ISS has unilaterally slashed some workers' hours, and has refused to meaningfully negotiate with RMT over pay.

Reports from the picket line suggest that ISS may be shipping in workers from other contracts to break the strike. Although it is illegal for employers to bring in agency staff to cover the work of strikers, loopholes in the law and sub-contracting arrangements can allow them to bring in their own employees from other areas. This means that ISS staff who normally work on reception desks in a bank could be brought in to work as security on a major public transport system. It's not safe for them or the passengers! The strike-breaking in this instance seems brazen, with nervous looking workers telling pickets they'd been told they needed to work on the DLR today "because of the strike".

Unions must challenging this outrageous practise. Further action is planned for later in the month.

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DLR ISS workers to strike again

Published on: Thu, 18/01/2018 - 09:27

Cleaners and security workers employed by ISS on the DLR will strike again from 1-3 February.

Following a solid strike on New Year's Eve, RMT is organising further action in an attempt to force ISS to adhere to its own agreed procedures for negotiating changes to working practises. The union also wants ISS to respond to its pay claim.

As well as the strike, RMT has also called action-short-of-strike from 5-10 February, in the form of a work-to-rule around risk assessments.

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DLR security workers balloting for strikes

Published on: Mon, 04/12/2017 - 14:57

RMT is balloting its members working as security staff for ISS on the DLR contract for strikes.

Neither ISS nor Keolis Amey Docklands, the contract holder, has meaningfully responded to the union's pay claim. On top of this, ISS is making a mess of rostering by offering shifts to workers outside of their contracted grade and responsibilities.

The ballot closes on 14 December. Tubeworker encourages all those balloted to vote yes!

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ABM bribes cleaners?

Published on: Thu, 26/10/2017 - 00:35

Word reaches Tubeworker HQ that ABM will soon be extending its empire from LU to other parts of TfL, including taking over from ISS on the DLR contract. We hear that DLR cleaners are being offered financial incentives, to the tune of £1,000, to move from the DLR contract to the former TubeLines/JNP contract on LU. ABM apparently plans to fill any roles vacated with agency cleaners.

The LU “super contract” contains a commitment to reduce the amount of agency labour to 5% (it’s currently around 30%), but ABM will make a mockery of this commitment if they decrease agency labour on LU by increasing it on the DLR!

These shenanigans provide yet more evidence for why TfL/LU should cut out the middle-people and take cleaning back in house. End outsourcing now!

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Stuck Under the River

Published on: Wed, 25/01/2017 - 08:05

The delights of driverless trains were plain for all to see as a DLR train got stuck in the tunnel under the river for over an hour yesterday.

It was undoubtedly a deeply unpleasant experience for the passengers, packed like sardines during the morning peak when it may have been freezing outside but it was sweltering in the train.

It took an hour for engineers to reach the stranded passengers and for a rescue train to get them out.

DLR management said that the rescue happened as quickly as it could have done, and we have no reason to doubt that. The point is that no amount of superhuman effort by other staff is going to make for a speedy rescue from a stalled train without a driver.

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Picc Line drivers, DLR cleaners: vote yes for strikes!

Published on: Sat, 20/02/2016 - 16:06

Back in October 2015, Picc Line drivers voted for strikes against an increasingly out-of-control management that was abusing its own disciplinary procedures. The unfair sacking of a driver was a particularly spectacular example.

After an 85% majority voted for strikes (undoubtedly a big factor in forcing the company to reinstate the driver, albeit as a CSA), things calmed down a bit. But they've now flared up again, with managers ripping up procedures and creating a culture of arbitrary and authoritarian discipline.

It's a sad state of affairs when we have to strike just to force management to stick to its own (usually inadequate) policies, but that's where we are.

RMT will ballot drivers for strikes from 22 February to 8 March. Make sure you vote yes. Aslef drivers should respect the picket lines.

Meanwhile, over on the Docklands Light Railway, RMT will be balloting Interserve cleaners for strikes against job cuts and unilateral changes to contracts and shifts. Tubeworker readers will be familiar with Interserve's many pleasant, worker-friendly practises on LU, like slashing jobs and routinely short-paying its staff. Strikes by Interserve workers on DLR already forced a 75p/hour pay increase; further strikes can force them to back off from their cuts plans.

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That's The Way To Do It!

Published on: Tue, 08/12/2015 - 03:34

RMT has announced not one, not two, but SEVENTEEN strike days on the DLR, including two four-day strikes, across the first four months of 2016.

DLR workers struck in November, bringing the network to a complete standstill. Now, instead of letting negotiations trundle on indefinitely, or announcing one or two more strikes of a day or two and seeing where that gets them, they've sent a very clear signal to management: multiple sets of strikes, all announced at once, escalating over several months.

Tubeworker would like to see similar tactics used in our disputes on LU. And as we're hopefully just about to put management's latest pay offer where it belongs (in the bin), maybe we could even coordinate our strikes with our brothers and sisters on the DLR?

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DLR Shut Down as Solid Strike Bites Back

Published on: Tue, 03/11/2015 - 08:25

Nothing is moving on the DLR this morning as workers hit back against their new employers' clampdown.

Pickets at Beckton and Poplar have kept the strike solid and cranked up the pressure on management to back off from their attacks on the workforce. Since taking over the contract, Keolis Amey Docklands (KAD) has stepped up disciplinary action against staff, casualised working conditions by using agencies, and risked safety by licensing managers to work in the control room.

But after a thumping ballot result and a determination not to settle for small movements by management in negotiations, RMT members are out on strike. The action is all the more effective because nearly all DLR staff are union members, and are in one union - RMT - rather than being divided into several.

Oh, and you know the right-wing's plan to defeat Tube strikes by bringing in driverless trains? That's looking rather silly this morning as the driverless DLR trains sit idle in their depots.

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Strikes on the horizon as Piccadilly Line drivers and DLR staff vote for action

Published on: Mon, 26/10/2015 - 23:01

Two RMT ballots which closed last week have delivered huge votes for strikes.

Picc Line drivers have voted by an 85% majority for strikes, and by an even higher margin for action short of strikes, in their dispute over the breakdown of industrial relations with local management, brought to a head by the unjust sacking of a driver.

And DLR staff (those directly employed by contractor KAD, as opposed to outsourced staff such as the cleaners) have voted by 92% for strikes in a wide-ranging dispute over a variety of issues, including management bullying and harassment.

Strikes in these disputes should be coordinated to maximise impact... and how about a joint Picc Line drivers'/DLR strike day being the launchpad for reinstating action in our LU-wide disputes, too?

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