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News, reports and information for Docklands Light Railway staff.

DLR: RMT Recommends New Offer

RMT General Grades Committee decision below. The content of the offer will be posted here as soon as practical.

In line with the recommendation of our lead officer and representatives, and following discussion with the branch secretary, we instruct the General Secretary to conduct a referendum of our members on Serco Docklands recommending they accept the offer that emerged from talks yesterday.

RMT Wins Landmark Victory in Court of Appeal on Strike Laws

From RMT General Secretary Bob Crow:

I am delighted to be able to report that this morning in the Court of Appeal RMT has secured a massive landmark victory on the UK strike laws over our dispute on Serco Docklands.

The full details are contained in the press statement below but be under no illusions – this morning RMT has given a huge boost to 7 million trade unionists in the country fighting for jobs, pensions and standards of livings.

Article for Labour Briefing

I have written this short article for Labour Briefing:

On 6 February, despite strong opposition from trade unions and passengers, London Underground completed its cut of 800 jobs from its stations. It slashed ticket office opening hours and removed staff from around the stations, leaving safety and security compromised and passengers without the help they need. Private-sector-run upgrades are seeing repeated failures, and maintenance regimes are being slashed.

RMT calls off strike action on Arriva Trains Wales this Friday following legal advice

FOLLOWING LEGAL advice on the changing nature of the anti-trade union laws, and a pending legal challenge to a court decision in respect of action on Docklands Light Railway, a 24 hour strike on Friday February 4 by RMT drivers on Arriva Trains Wales has been called off.

RMT confirmed today that it will re-ballot members in light of the latest legal advice.

RMT General Secretary Bob Crow said:

High Court Injunction Against DLR Strike

From Bob Crow, RMT General Secretary:

I write to advise branches that last week the High Court granted Serco Docklands an injunction preventing RMT from organising a 48 hour strike on the Docklands Light Railway. Yet again an employer has run to a High Court Judge to use the Anti trade union laws to ignore the democratic will of members. This decision has ramifications not just for RMT but across the whole Trade Union Movement and is the latest of a long line of high court decisions against trade unions.

RMT Organises Workers in Carlisle Cleaning and Support Services

RMT's General Grades Committee has agreed a detailed campaign to organise workers in Carlisle Cleaning and Support Services. This is a national campaign, which will initially start outside our Region. However, it is relevant to our Region, as Carlisle holds contracts in London Transport, including TfL/LU secruity staff and Docklands Light Railway cleaners.

Here is the full GGC decision:

RMT announces strike dates after massive majority vote for action over breakdown of industrial relations at Docklands Light Railway

TRANSPORT UNION RMT today announced 48 hours of strike action on DLR between 03.59 hours Thursday 20th January 2011 and 03.58 hours Saturday 22nd January 2011 in a dispute with Serco Docklands over the following issues: -

  • Failure to consult over redundancies
  • Failure to consult and imposition of new pension arrangements
  • Failure to consult over the introduction of new grades
  • Imposition of a new roster reflecting altered walking times and spreadover times without RMT agreement.
  • RMT claim for a 35 hour working week.

DLR: Decision for Strike Action

RMT's General Grades Committee adopted the following report from the Southern Sub-Committee:

Following consultation with our Docklands Light Railway branch, we instruct our members on Serco Docklands to take strike action and action short of strikes in pursuit of our dispute over the breakdown of industrial relations as follows:

Members are instructed not to book on for any shifts commencing from 03:59 on Thursday 20 January until 03:59 on Saturday 22 January.

Massive Majority Vote For Action At Docklands Light Railway

TRANSPORT UNION RMT members have voted by a massive majority for action in a dispute with Serco Docklands.

RMT General Secretary Bob Crow said “Management at Serco Docklands continue to show total disregard for the idea of proper negotiation and consultation with this trade union on a number of issues and have also victimised and dismissed two of our colleagues. Our members have shown in this massive vote for action that they will not be bullied and treated with contempt."

Breakdown in Industrial Relations - Serco Docklands - Ballot result

RMT General Grades Committee decision:

That we note the ballot result is as follows:-

Are you prepared to take strike action?

Total Votes Cast 198
Number Voting Yes 162
Number Voting No 36
Spoilt 0

Are you prepared to take industrial action short of a strike?

Total Votes Cast 198
Number Voting Yes 175
Number Voting No 21
Spoilt 2