London commuters face another batch of Docklands Light Railway (DLR) strikes in 2016 as RMT members plan to walkout across January, February and March. The industrial action is part of a row between the union and operator Keolis/Amey over a range of issues.
The strike will come after a 48-hour-long walkout on the DLR in November which left thousands of people having to take alternative modes of transport to work in the capital. Mick Cash, the general secretary of the RMT, claimed Keolis/Amey were trying to "bulldoze through" alleged bad work practices and conditions.
"We will not sit back and allow this aggressive and bullying culture to develop on this key part of London's transport network," Cash said.
"The company should not have underestimated the anger of the workforce and Keolis/Amey's continued failure to address our issues has forced this action on us. The union will continue with the talks process but to make any progress we need some solid indications that the company are actually listening and taking the grievances at the heart of the dispute seriously."
Kevin Thomas, managing director of Keolis/Amey Docklands, said: "We have held a number of meetings with RMT representatives in recent weeks, where considerable progress has been made.
"These meetings are currently ongoing and it is extremely frustrating that RMT have decided to announce further dates for strike action rather than proceeding to seek resolution to the issues. Such action will cause unnecessary disruption for our passengers, which I believe is avoidable.
"As always, we continue to seek meaningful and reasonable discussion with the union, with a view to achieving resolution and preventing disruption for our passengers."
Rory O'Neill, the director of the DLR, urged the parties to resolve the dispute. "This is a matter between the RMT union and the DLR operator, Keolis/Amey Docklands," he said. "Threatening strike action is unnecessary, and I would urge both parties to get round the table to discuss and resolve this dispute for the sake of our customers."
DLR strike dates in 2016
• 03:59 hours on Monday 11th January 2016 until 03:59 hours on Tuesday 12th January 2016.
• 03:59 hours on Wednesday 13th January 2016 until 03:59 hours on Thursday 14th January 2016.
• 03:59 hours on Monday 8th February 2016 until 03:59 hours on Wednesday 10th February 2016.
• 03:59 hours on Thursday 11th February 2016 until 03:59 hours on Friday 12th February 2016.
• 03:59 hours on Monday 7th March 2016 until 03:59 hours on Wednesday 9th March 2016.
• 03:59 hours on Thursday 10th March 2016 until 03:59 hours on Saturday 12th March 2016.
• 03:59 hours on Monday 21st March 2016 until 03:59 hours on Friday 25th March 2016.
• 03:59 hours on Tuesday 29th March 2016 until 03:59 hours on Saturday 2nd April 2016.