More than 300 Docklands Light Railway staff have voted to strike.

The Rail, Maritime and Transport Union (RMT) announced on Thursday, October 22, that 92% of workers at Keolis Amey Docklands, which operates the DLR, took part in the ballot.

No date has been set for the industrial action.

The key issues the RMT says are “at the heart of the dispute” are:

  • The use of agency staff for permanent operations.
  • Further abuses of the use of agency staff elsewhere within the Keolis Amey Docklands network.
  • Undermining the position of the Control Centre, stores and other grades, effectively casualising key functions.
  • A creeping culture of bullying and intimidation of staff being allowed to develop.
  • Breaches of agreements, procedures and the recognition framework.

RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “Our members on DLR are furious at the way that Keolis Amey Docklands are trying to bulldoze in 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 and that anger is reflected in these ballot results.

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

“The company should not have underestimated the anger of the workforce and Keolis Amey Docklands’ abject failure to address these issues which left us with no option but to ballot for action.

“The union will now consider the ballot result and remains available for talks.”

A spokeswoman from the operator said RMT had not given them the chance “to understand or attempt to resolve items” and they “continue to seek clarification from (the union) on a number of issues which remain unclear.”

Kevin Thomas, managing director of Keolis Amey Docklands, said: “I’m very disappointed that the RMT has announced strike action on the DLR despite ongoing meetings to get to the heart of the issues. I believe that strike action is always avoidable and I continue to seek meaningful and reasonable discussion with the union in a genuine attempt to seek resolution.

“Despite this frustrating move, we will continue to do all we can to avoid unnecessary disruption for our passengers.”