DLR strike threatens start of London Marathon in dispute over ‘workplace justice’

THOUSANDS of runners could struggle to get to the start line of next month’s London Marathon amid a rail strike.

Talks will be held today to try to resolve a dispute on the Docklands Light Railway.

 Thousands of London Marathon runners might not even get to start the race as RMT union and the DLR operator are locked in a dispute over workplace issues

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Thousands of London Marathon runners might not even get to start the race as RMT union and the DLR operator are locked in a dispute over workplace issues

The RMT union plans two days of action on March 28 and 29 and four days from April 20.

Many running on April 22 need the DLR to get to the start in Greenwich.

The row over various workplace issues is between the union and the operator of the DLR, KeolisAmey Docklands (KAD).

RMT general secretary Mick Cash claimed the treatment of DLR staff is “a stain on London” and urged the city’s mayor Sadiq Khan to “take full note”.

 The RMT union plans the action as 'members employed by KAD have had enough of being treated like dirt' according to its chief

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The RMT union plans the action as ‘members employed by KAD have had enough of being treated like dirt’ according to its chief

He said: “This dispute is over the fundamental issues of workplace justice, fairness and sticking to agreements and practices that Keolis seem to believe that they can trample all over.

“RMT members employed by KAD have had enough of being treated like dirt and have made it clear that they are prepared to stand up and fight for their fundamental rights.”

KAD managing director Abdellah Chajai said: “Meetings with the RMT union to resolve these issues are continuing, so the announcement of strike action is totally unnecessary.

 DLR operator, KeolisAmey Docklands (KAD), managing director called the strike action 'totally unnecessary'

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DLR operator, KeolisAmey Docklands (KAD), managing director called the strike action ‘totally unnecessary’
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“We will continue to do all we can to avoid unnecessary disruption for our passengers and remain committed to meaningful and reasonable discussion with the union in a genuine attempt to seek resolution.”

Mark Davis, TfL’s interim general manager of the DLR, said: “This dispute is between KeolisAmey Docklands and the RMT union.

“We urge all parties to sit down and talk through the issues to try and resolve them as soon as possible and avoid unnecessary strike action.”

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