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Edinburgh parking attendants strike again

Issue No. 2058

More than 80 low paid parking attendants working for NCP in Edinburgh struck on Friday and Saturday of last week. Their action follows a successful one-day strike earlier in the month.

The parking attendants, members of the Unite union, voted by 82 percent in favour of strikes over pay. The lowest paid workers currently earn just £11,500 a year.

On Tuesday of last week NCP came back with an improved pay offer, but this was rejected by a margin of 76 to ten. Union members are demanding basic pay of £14,000 a year.

The strikers set up picket lines across Edinburgh and, despite NCP drafting in workers from outside the area, council figures show that each strike day is costing the council around £15,000 in lost fines.

The strikers were boosted by support from Edinburgh Labour MPs Gavin Strang and Mark Lazarowicz and MSP Malcolm Chisholm who have tabled motions of support.

Members of the RMT union, attending their annual conference, joined the picket line in a show of solidarity.

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Tue 3 Jul 2007, 18:28 BST
Issue No. 2058
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