Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union will go on strike next week, in protest against what they see as ‘aggressive’ tactics from DLR operator KeolisAmey. Staff will walk out at 4am on 2 November, returning to work 48 hours later.
The DLR, which is often lovingly described as ‘the world’s shittest rollercoaster’, is a crucial part of the capital’s transport network, serving 300,000 passengers a day in east London. Each train runs automatically, though 'captains' are required for safety reasons. So prepare yourself for lots of moaning and a Twitter meltdown.
“We will not sit back and allow this aggressive and bullying culture to develop on this key part of London’s transport network,” said RMT general secretary Mick Cash. “[KeolisAmey] should not have underestimated the anger of the workforce and its abject failure to address these issues which left us with no option but to ballot for action.” One of the issues appears to be that KeolisAmey hasn't confirmed that workers off sick following an accident or assault will not face sanctions. 2015's been a great year for London transport.
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