RMT union members working on the Docklands Light Railway are to ballot for “both strike action and action short of a strike” after the union claimed service provider Serco Docklands failed to consult workers on new pension arrangements and the introduction of new grades.
The union says the company has also failed to to consult over redundancies and accused it of “victimisation” against two union members.
RMT General Secretary Bob Crow accused Serco Docklands managers of showing “total disregard for the idea of proper negotiation and consultation with this trade union on a number of issues and have also victimised and dismissed two of our colleagues.
“Serco are treating RMT and their staff with complete contempt and this cannot be tolerated any longer. We are therefore calling on our members working for Serco Docklands to vote overwhelmingly in favour of strike action and industrial action short of a strike. A strong “yes” vote in this ballot will show management we mean business and that we will not accept their disgraceful attitude towards their staff.”
In a statement Serco said it was “surprised and very disappointed to hear the RMT is balloting our employees again for industrial action” and insisted the company was making a “genuine attempt to resolve the issues”.
Ballot begun today and will close on January 11th.