July 15 (Reuters) – Workers on London’s Docklands Light Railway (DLR) will hold a series of 24-hour strikes over the next two weeks after rejecting a pay offer made by Serco Group Plc (SRP.L), a rail union said on Thursday.
The Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union said its members had overwhelmingly voted to reject the offer, which led to the suspension of a planned three-day strike last month.
The dispute centres around the introduction of a third carriage to trains on the DLR, which is operated by Serco and carries commuters to and from the Canary Wharf financial district in the east of the city.
“Our members on the Docklands Light Railway have shown once again that they are simply not prepared to take on more work and more responsibility without being properly compensated by the company,” RMT General Secretary Bob Crow said in a statement.
“We remain available for further talks and hope that in light of the massive mandate for action that has been delivered by our members that Serco will now get back round the table and come up with serious proposals for compensating our members.” The RMT said its members would walk out for 24 hours from 2301 GMT on July 21, and then for another 24 hours from 0300 GMT on July 23.
This will be followed by two further 24 hour strikes, from 0300 GMT on July 27, and from 0300 GMT on August 6. (Reporting by Kylie MacLellan; Editing by Hans Peters)