RMT to postpone the DLR Strike affecting the London Marathon (20th - 24th April)
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Whilst it is recognised that sometimes there is a need for industrial action as a last resort to protect workers and their working conditions, the next proposed strike action by the RMT for their members who work on the DLR is called for four days beginning at 4am on 20th April 2018. This means that the strike will directly affect the 60,000 participants of the London Marathon which takes place on Sunday 22nd April.
The London Marathon is widely recognised as the largest Charity one day event in the world and has raised over £830million for good causes since its inception in 1981 with a record £61.5million being raised last year alone, a figure that is expected to be exceeded this year.
All 60,000 participants must attend the London Marathon Expo held at the London Excel between 18th & 21st April to complete their race registration and collect running numbers etc. The Excel is only directly served by the DLR. On Sunday 22nd April most participants as well as the hundreds of volunteer stewards, officials & medical staff will rely upon the DLR to reach the start of the race in Greenwich and to access the first 20 miles of the 26.2 mile course which runs through the area that is predominantly served by the DLR as opposed to any London Underground line. It is therefore essential to the successful running of the London Marathon that the DLR operates the full enhanced service they have provided in previous years. As one of those 60,000 participants who will be affected by this action I therefore (along with the undersigned) call upon Mick Cash to recognise the vital service he and his members provide which contributes to this mammoth charity effort and to postpone the strike action called for 20th April to a later date that does not coincide with the London Marathon.
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