26 March 2018
RMT Press Office
RMT at ACAS for further talks today as industrial action looms on Docklands Light Railway this week
AIL UNION RMT today confirmed that it will be attending further ACAS talks today with Keolis Amey Docklands as industrial action looms on Docklands Light Railway this week.
The latest talks follow extensive efforts by the union to resolve through ACAS the wide range of issues at the heart of the dispute that amount to a comprehensive breakdown in industrial relations on a number of important fronts including:
• Attacks on rostering agreements that would worsen work/life balance
• Abuse of key policies and procedures, including attendance procedures
• Failures in key training policies and skills updating programmes for staff
• Failures on Health and Safety and risk assessments
• Payroll and taxation failures
• Outsourcing of jobs through the use of contractors, undermining DLR permanent staff
The union has confirmed the following dates for action on KAD/DLR.
• 04:00 hours on Wednesday 28th March 2018 and 03:59 hours on Friday 30th March 2018
• 04:00 hours on Friday 20th April 2018 and 03:59 hours on Tuesday 24th April 2018
The second phase of action coincides with the London Marathon which winds its way around the DLR area.
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said;
“RMT will be back in ACAS today as we make every possible effort to resolve this dispute on Docklands Light Railway.
“This dispute is over the fundamental issues of workplace justice, fairness, the outsourcing of key functions and sticking to agreements and practices that Keolis seem to believe that they can trample all over. RMT members employed by KAD have had enough of being treated like dirt and have made it clear that they are prepared to stand up and fight for their fundamental rights.
“RMT recognises the impact that our action will have and the responsibility for that will be entirely down to the company and we hope that we will now be able to make progress in the talks at ACAS today.
“Docklands Light Railway is a key component of the transport network in the Capital City and the way that staff are being treated is a stain on London. The London Mayor, who chairs Transport for London need to take full note of the workplace abuses that are happening on his watch.”