5 October 2015
RMT Press Office
RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that it will begin balloting nearly 700 staff across all grades on Keolis Amey Docklands Light Railway for both strike action and action short of a strike in a dispute over a range of serious unresolved issues that are wrecking industrial relations.
The ballot will open later this week and will close on the 22nd October.
The key issues at the heart of the dispute are:
• The use of agency staff on P-Way operations
• Further abuses of the use of agency staff elsewhere within the KAD network.
• Undermining the position of 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 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. We will not sit back and allow this culture to develop on this key part of London’s transport network.
“The company should not underestimate the anger of the workforce and KAD’s abject failure to address these issues has left us with no option but to ballot for action. The union will be available for talks with the company this week. "