Workers on the Docklands Light Railway in East London have voted for strike action for the first time in the 19 years since the DLR was established.
Serco, which runs the DLR, wants to cut platform staff and station supervisors’ jobs, deskill station assistants by no longer automatically training them to drive trains and cut their pay by £5,000 a year. In response RMT members, the big bulk of Serco’s employees on the DLR, have clearly voted to fight the proposals (111 to 77 to strike, 141 to 48 for action short of a strike).
The problem, as always, is that this vote may not translate into action once the RMT executive gets involved. DLR workers face a serious attack and need serious action to defend themselves, not a few crumbs in concessions or a talking shop that will legitimise management’s attacks.