Canary Wharf commuters face an unhappy start to the New Year with 17-days of strikes planned on the DLR.

The industrial action by Rail, Maritime and Transport workers was sparked by a dispute between unions and Keolis Amey Docklands and begins with a 24-hour walkout on Monday, January 11, 2016.

This will be followed by further full-day strikes on Wednesday, January 13 and Thursday, February 11.

Meanwhile, those using the service in February and March will be hit by bumper 48-hour closures.

All routes will be suspended for two-day periods starting from Monday, February 8, as well as Monday, March 7 and again on Thursday, March 10.

And the impact on those travelling to east London will be most felt on March 21 and 29 when DLR workers will stay at home for four days at a time.

RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “RMT members on Keolis Amey Docklands have already shown their anger and determination with rock solid strike action but they are still not being listened to and that leaves us with no option but to schedule blocks of industrial action early next year.

“Our members on DLR are furious at the way that Keolis Amey are trying to bulldoze through some of the worst working practices and conditions that we associate with the operations of the most cheapskate and anti-union companies in the transport sector.

“We will not sit back and allow this aggressive and bullying culture to develop on this key part of London’s transport network.”

The action follows a 48-hour walkout which caused chaos on the E14 estate in November 3 and 4.

On the first day, commuters were crammed outside the entrance to the Tube Station and endured hours of disruption due to massive overcrowding.

The current dispute is thought to hinge on allegations of a “creeping culture” of bullying, the use of agency staff and “breaches of agreements, procedures and the recognition framework”.

Keolis Amey has said it is "disappointed" with the decision as talks are still ongoing.

Rory O’Neill, director of the DLR at Transport for London is now urging the union and DLR operator to continue negotiations.

“This is a matter between the RMT union and the DLR operator, KeolisAmey Docklands Ltd,” he said.

“Threatening strike action is unnecessary, and I would urge both parties to get round the table to discuss and resolve this dispute for the sake of our customers.”

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Crowding at Canary Wharf Tube during the DLR strike (Nov 3-4, 2015)