Docklands Light Railway

Stuck Under the River Tubeworker Wed, 01/25/2017 - 08:05

The delights of driverless trains were plain for all to see as a DLR train got stuck in the tunnel under the river for over an hour yesterday.

It was undoubtedly a deeply unpleasant experience for the passengers, packed like sardines during the morning peak when it may have been freezing outside but it was sweltering in the train.

It took an hour for engineers to reach the stranded passengers and for a rescue train to get them out.

Picc Line drivers, DLR cleaners: vote yes for strikes! Tubeworker Sat, 02/20/2016 - 16:06

Back in October 2015, Picc Line drivers voted for strikes against an increasingly out-of-control management that was abusing its own disciplinary procedures. The unfair sacking of a driver was a particularly spectacular example.

That's The Way To Do It! Tubeworker Tue, 12/08/2015 - 03:34

RMT has announced not one, not two, but SEVENTEEN strike days on the DLR, including two four-day strikes, across the first four months of 2016.

DLR workers struck in November, bringing the network to a complete standstill. Now, instead of letting negotiations trundle on indefinitely, or announcing one or two more strikes of a day or two and seeing where that gets them, they've sent a very clear signal to management: multiple sets of strikes, all announced at once, escalating over several months.

DLR Shut Down as Solid Strike Bites Back

Submitted by Tubeworker on Tue, 11/03/2015 - 08:25

Nothing is moving on the DLR this morning as workers hit back against their new employers' clampdown.

Pickets at Beckton and Poplar have kept the strike solid and cranked up the pressure on management to back off from their attacks on the workforce. Since taking over the contract, Keolis Amey Docklands (KAD) has stepped up disciplinary action against staff, casualised working conditions by using agencies, and risked safety by licensing managers to work in the control room.

Strikes on the horizon as Piccadilly Line drivers and DLR staff vote for action

Submitted by Tubeworker on Mon, 10/26/2015 - 23:01

Two RMT ballots which closed last week have delivered huge votes for strikes.

Picc Line drivers have voted by an 85% majority for strikes, and by an even higher margin for action short of strikes, in their dispute over the breakdown of industrial relations with local management, brought to a head by the unjust sacking of a driver.

4% pay rise on JNP, fourth strike on DLR

Submitted by Tubeworker on Mon, 10/19/2015 - 19:28

Tubeworker is pleased to hear that ISS cleaners on JNP have been given a 4% pay rise taking pay from £8.80 to £9.15.

The cleaners' union had asked for a substantial pay rise; and this offer will be discussed at a reps meeting - to which all cleaners should go and have their voice heard. It’s a positive step but there is still much for cleaners to fight for: even better pay, stronger terms and conditions and decent pensions.All transport workers must back that fight.

More action on DLR, strike ballot on LU Fleet... Tubeworker Fri, 06/05/2015 - 00:20

DLR Interserve cleaners will strike again, from 8-10 June, in their campaign for pay justice. They held a solid strike from 27-29 May, but Interserve aren't playing ball, so workers will have to continue speaking in the only language bosses understand: industrial action.

DLR workers vote to strike Tubeworker Wed, 05/13/2015 - 02:06

RMT members working on Docklands Light Railway have returned massive votes for strikes in industrial action ballots.

Workers employed by Keolis/Amey Docklands (KAD), the consortium which runs DLR, voted to strike in their pay campaign, after KAD failed to make an offer that came anywhere near the union's claims.

DLR Workers Win Dispute! Tubeworker Mon, 01/26/2015 - 13:25

UPDATE: This dispute has been won! The strike is therefore called off. See the union press release here.


When Keolis/Amey took over the DLR contract, they thought they could contract out a bunch of the staff and worsen their working conditions.

Wrong! DLR workers have voted by a huge majority in an equally huge turnout for strike action and will go ahead with a 48-hour stoppage later this week if their new employer does not back down.

DLR Escalator Failure Shows Danger of Understaffing Tubeworker Sat, 02/22/2014 - 09:09

A shocking incident at Cutty Sark DLR station the other day shows the risks of understaffing.

The up escalator threw itself into downward running, causing passengers to fall and get injured. Pressing the emergency stop did not help, as it did not work.