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DLR workers strike is called off
Docklands Light Railway
Union members had planned to walk out on Monday
A planned strike by Docklands Light Railway (DLR) workers has been called off after bosses made a new offer.

Members of the Rail Maritime and Transport union (RMT) had been due to walk out on Monday.

But the union's general secretary Bob Crow said Serco Docklands, which runs DLR, had agreed to no compulsory redundancies and no pay cuts.

Members will be advised to accept the new offer, he said. Serco said it was good news for DLR passengers.

Mr Crow said: "The RMT executive has agreed that the revised offer is the best available under the circumstances and will therefore recommend that our members accept it."

Serco said a new team of 12 officers will patrol stations and trains, customer service officers based in stations will be recruited on new pay and conditions while current station staff will stay in their jobs.

Some 250 members had planned to walk out in protest at plans they said would compromise safety and reduce pay.

The union previously claimed Serco wanted to cut station staff from 42 to 34 and reduce station assistants' pay by 5,000.

The RMT had said lower paid staff would "displace experienced safety-critical platform staff".

Tony Thomas, managing director of Serco, said he hoped staff would agree to the new proposal which would increase station staff by 15 and improve customer service.




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