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12 January 2011, 15:17
Workers on the Docklands Light Railway have voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action over rows on jobs, pensions and working conditions.
The RMT announced that 168 of 198 employees backed the industrial action after talks with the Serco Docklands, who are in charge of running the line.
RMT chief Bob Crow said: "Management at Serco Docklands continue to show 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.
"Our members have shown in this massive vote for action that they will not be bullied and treated with contempt.
"The industrial relations situation at Serco Docklands cannot be tolerated any longer and our members have now voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action and industrial action short of a strike.
"This ballot shows management we mean business and that we will not accept their disgraceful attitude towards their staff, and it is now up to the company to respond positively to our demands for a solution that addresses all of the issues at the heart of this dispute."
The RMT union's announced that its members on the Docklands Light Railway will strike for 48 hours from next Thursday.