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Industrial Acas hosts talks on averting DLR strike during marathon

TALKS will be held today in an attempt to avoid strike action by Docklands Light Railway (DLR) staff hitting April’s London marathon.

A meeting will take place at the conciliation service Acas, according to the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT).

The row is over various workplace issues raised against DLR operator KeolisAmey Docklands, according to RMT.

The union plans to take action for two days from 4am on March 28 and four days from 4am on April 20 after members voted to strike.

The marathon takes place on April 22. Thousands of participants rely on the DLR to reach the start line in Greenwich each year.

RMT general secretary Mick Cash claimed the treatment of DLR staff is “a stain on London” and urged Mayor Sadiq Khan to “take full note.”

He said: “This dispute is over the fundamental issues of workplace justice, fairness and sticking to agreements and practices that Keolis seem to believe that they can trample all over.”

KeolisAmey Docklands managing director Abdellah Chajai said meetings to resolve the issues are continuing.

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