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Strike negotiations may resolve DLR dispute

A dispute could require strike negotiations.

12 January 2011

Strike negotiations may prove useful in resolving London's Docklands Light Railway (DLR) workers' concerns about jobs, pensions and working conditions.

Bob Crow, general Secretary of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union, said: "Our members have shown in this massive vote for action that they will not be bullied and treated with contempt."

He added management at Serco Docklands have shown total disregard for the idea of proper negotiation and consultation with the trade union on a number of issues.

In addition, the union revealed 162 of its members backed strikes, with 36 against, claiming that industrial relations had collapsed at the firm.

David Stretch, managing director of Serco Docklands, suggested they were "extremely disappointed" that the RMT had called for strike action on the DLR.

This follows the news that Southeastern employees at Victoria and Charing Cross stations voted to take industrial action after the question was put to them by the RMT. 

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