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DLR workers vote for strike over terms and conditions

Image caption DLR workers are due to go on strike from 04:00 GMT on 28 January

Workers on London's Docklands Light Railway (DLR) have voted for a 48-hour strike in a row over terms and conditions.

Industrial action was backed after a ballot of RMT members.

Workers are taking action from 04:00 GMT on 28 January over issues such as sick pay, maternity and paternity leave and health and safety.

DLR operator Keolis Amey Docklands said talks with the RMT were ongoing.

Union general secretary Mick Cash said: "Following feedback from well-attended branch meetings and the ballot result, the company should be under no illusions about RMT members' determination to fight against detrimental changes to terms and conditions.

"These include secondments without members' consent or agreement, new and inferior policies on maternity and paternity leave, longer waiting period for entitlement to full sick pay and a failure by the company to deal with a list of outstanding health and safety issues."

In response the company said: "If this strike goes ahead DLR services will be affected, although we will run as many trains as possible."

DLR director Rory O'Neill, said: "This is a matter between the DLR operator, Keolis Amey Docklands Ltd, and the RMT union.

"We would urge the union to resolve the issue by negotiation with the operator and not cause unnecessary disruption to our passengers."

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