DLR strike, January 20th -22nd

The Wharf has details of the DLR strike, planned for next week. It reports:

The RMT union has instructed its members not to book on for shifts on the network between 3.59am that day until 3.58am on Saturday, January 22.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

From the Wharf

A ballot of members closed yesterday, with 162 voting for strike action, with just 36 against.

A total of 175 voted for action short of a strike, with 21 against.


How does that work?

Anonymous said...

From the union website...

SERCO – DLR have not only imposed this restructuring, they have acted unilaterally with the implementation of the 3 carriages agreement and the closure of the pension scheme to new entrants.

Is the lack of extra dosh for operating 3 car trains that is the real gripe?

The union June 2010....

....Docklands Light Railway.... refused to give workers any reward for their co-operation with the introduction of new three-car trains.

The extra carriage on each train means that PSAs work with 50% more capacity, so in effect, DLR is saving the cost of half a PSA - around £25,000 - per train. Yet it refuses to share the benefits of three-car running with staff.

....In the DLR's 15-year history, its passenger numbers have risen from 40,000 to 80 million per year, and yet instead of seeing an equivalent improvement in their pay and conditions, employees have lost bonuses and now face an increased workload without reward.


15 years!! So why the heck did these people choose to work for such a lousy company?

Anonymous said...

April 2010 Serco advertised for a 'Passenger Service Agent' at £33k per annum.

Benefits include susidised canteen and free drinks, Pension Scheme, Free travel on LU and DLR (for yourself and one other), 75% of season ticket rail travel, discounted Eurostar tickets, childcare vouchers.

As no one in their right mind would work for DLR hence this footnote to the ad....

Due to the expected response for this role, Serco Docklands will only consider the first one thousand applicants.

Brockley Nick said...

Yes, my friend's boyfriend tried to get one of those jobs.

tyrwhitt ali said...

I really don't agree with the logic in the Union June statement. There hasn't been a cash saving as the DLR isn't running less trains, they're just longer.

Admittedly the other option to increase capacity would have been to run more trains, which I don't think was physically possible on bits of the route, so the increase in length has stopped them having to spend money employing extra PSAs. However that's not a real saving, that's not incurring a future cost. All of which ignores the cost of extending the platform in the first place!

As much as I love the DLR, I'm not feeling entirely sympathetic.

Robbie the Robot said...

Let the trains run themselves as they were designed to do.

Anonymous said...

They would love that, but its health and safety old boy

Anonymous said...

Meanwhile the RMT has job vaccancies for 'volunteers'

The RMT Credit Union is seeking a volunteer with credit control experience to help out once a month.

And

The RMT Credit Union is seeking a volunteer Treasurer.

Must have accounts experience in order to compile a monthly report and be able to analyse accounts and give projections etc.


All you have to is apply to Nicola Hoarau who is Bob Crow's 'missus'.

Maybe the Tube and DLR should be run by volunteers?

Anonymous said...

A day closer to self-running tube trains for all concerned

Brockley Kiwi said...

Hands up who hates Bob Crow

Anonymous said...

Looks like Boris is threatening automated trains.

Bob Crow's biggest hero is Arthur Scargill could he heading the same way?

Matt-Z said...

@tyrwhitt ali - as I understand it running more trains is possible, but would require a hugely expensive network-wide resignalling. If it ever happens it's a long way off.

Anonymous said...

Hands up who love Bob Crow.

Anonymous said...

So over a thousand people were expected to apply for the position of PSA on the DLR, while at the RMT there was only one applicant for the position that Nicola Hoarau holds.

Anonymous said...

The strikes off. High Court told the workshy tossers to go to work like everyone else.

anonymous said...

hi all I wanted to know how someone can get into psa? and what they need to do? thanks

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