Industrial action

When negotiations fail, RMT members take action

RMT confirms industrial action in two separate disputes on Docklands Light Railway

Following a magnificent ballot result returned by RMT members this week the union’s National Executive Committee has considered the matter and taken the decision to call on all staff to take strike action by not booking on for any shifts that commence between:-

  •  04:00 hours on Wednesday 21st March 2018 and 03:59 hours on Friday 23rd March 2018
  • 04:00 hours on Friday 20th April 2018 and 03:59 hours on Tuesday 24th April 2018

The breakdown in Industrial Relations is over a whole catalogue of workplace issues which are listed below.

ISS DLR members to take further action against belligerent bosses


Our ISS members on the DLR KAD contract have taken firm strike action aimed at bringing the company to the negotiations table to resolve this issue; however ISS are belligerently refusing to come to terms with this union.

Therefore; given the lack of response by ISS management to the recent strike, we instruct our ISS members on the Docklands Light Railway: Strike Action

Members not to book on for shifts beginning 05:30hrs on Wednesday 21st March 2018 until 05:29hrs on Thursday 22nd March 2018

48 hours of strike action goes ahead on DLR over breakdown in industrial relations

RMT cleaners, security staff and travel safe officers on Docklands Light Railway will be taking part in a further 48 hour phase of strike action from today over a comprehensive breakdown in industrial relations after talks failed this week due to the intransigent attitude of the management. The workers are employed by contractor ISS on the KAD contract.

Ballot prepared in DLR dispute


We note the correspondence regarding the breakdown in industrial relations from our Lead Officer and Docklands Light Railway Branch; and commend our members on
their resolve to address this issue.

Further; we instruct the General Secretary to inform the company we are in dispute and prepare a ballot for industrial actions of all affected members. Members to be advised by email and text.

Docklands Light Railway Branch and the London Transport Regional Council to be advised.

Train prep payment ballot returns a strong yes vote



We note the overwhelming turnout and ballot result and the resolve shown by our members.


Are you prepared to take strike action?

Number of individuals who were entitled to vote in the ballot:  32

Number of votes cast in the ballot:                                       32 (100%)

Number of individuals answering “Yes” to the question:             29 (90.6%)

ISS KAD DLR strike ballot called after company disregards union's serious concerns

We note the report from the Lead Officer and correspondence from our Docklands Light Railway Branch; and that despite the union declaring a dispute back on the 4th October 2017, undertakings and promises made in talks by the company and prompts from our DLR Branch; that the company is disregarding our serious concerns and security issues.

This breakdown in industrial relations recklessly embarked on by the company is matched and exceeded by our members resolve to have their concerns addressed to their complete satisfaction.

City Cruises strike ballot to begin

We note the report from our Lead Officer and the strength of feeling amongst our Members of crew in the City Cruises regarding the unfair dismissal of Sis Hairia Abdo for what are common working practices throughout the company.

We further note the Crew Members are calling for an immediate ballot so they can robustly defend Sis Hairia Abdo as soon as possible pending a strong yes vote which they are confident will be the ballot result.

Ballot of drivers in defence of Brother Davis to be extended

We note the resolution from our Central Line West Branch requesting that all Train Operators from White City and West Ruislip be balloted alongside comrades already being balloted from Central Line East for industrial action.

This NEC too condemns the highhanded and overly severe treatment of Bro Davis by London Underground management and note the following:

There are many comparators of similar and even more serious incidents where the Train Op had either no action taken against them or a much more appropriate sanction. These were ignored.