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NCP workers fight for union recognition

Issue No. 2040

Some 70 traffic enforcement workers across Enfield in north London in the GMB union went on strike for three days last week in their dispute with National Car Parks (NCP).

The workers at NCP, which is owned by 3i, have been striking over union recognition.

Union members picketed NCP’s depots, and held a rally outside the civic centre gathering signatures from the public to support their campaign.

One of the strikers told Socialist Worker, “Everyone is very determined. Everyone has come out on strike and the support from people on the street has been brilliant.

“We are sure that with the community on our side and the backing we have had from other trade unionists, we will succeed.”

GMB organiser Rob Kelsall said, “The campaign is going really well. It’s been forceful. It’s been very much a show of strength. The dispute is about trade union rights, but big issues are coming out of it. Ideally we want these workers back in the public sector.”

The workers also lobbied parliament on Wednesday of last week.

The workers have accused NCP management of bullying in the run-up to the strike and two strikers have been suspended from their jobs.

The company apparently took action against one of the men for wearing his uniform while picketing.

GMB general secretary Paul Kenny said, “3i should be ashamed of themselves because of this attack on the workers and their leaders.”

NCP deny suspending the workers for involvement in the strike. 3i is preparing NCP for an £800m sell off, just 18 months after buying it for £555 million.

On Monday a group of the strikers joined workers from the AA and frozen foods group Birds Eye to protest in Germany at the aptly named Super Return Conference of private equity companies.

The workers accuse the industry of generating such “super returns” by making savage cutbacks.

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Sat 3 Mar 2007, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 2040
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