After five days of strikes, 70 GMB members, mainly African migrant workers, have secured union recognition from NCP in Enfield, north London.
This settlement means the workers – parking attendants and traffic wardens – will be represented by the union for pay and condition negotiations.
There will be talks this week to deal with outstanding problems, including union demands for an end to harassment.
Two strikers have been suspended from their jobs, and this is clearly a very important issue for the union to take up.
The dispute was inflamed by reports that 3i, the self proclaimed world leader in private equity, was selling NCP to Australia’s Macquarie Bank, in a deal that produced a profit of £235 million in just 18 months. The sale was confirmed last week and NCP willl be split into two parts.