Some 160 traffic wardens in Camden, north London, have started two days of strikes against their employer, parking contractor NSL.
There were strong picket lines at six NSL sites across the borough on Wednesday morning. Some 20 strikers stopped a scab truck at Camden car pound on Regis Road.
The Camden wardens, members of the Unison union, currently earn £8.09 an hour. They are demanding that NSL pays them the same as wardens in nearby Waltham Forest, who get more than £10 an hour.
The bosses have offered a pay rise of just 31p an hour. Joe, one of the strikers, said, “31p won’t buy peanuts. £2.50 will buy you a meal—and that’s what we’re asking for.”
Around 100 strikers and their supporters held a lunchtime rally outside Camden town hall. Jason, a striker, told the rally, “The bosses make big bonuses while we get pressurised. But what we’re doing today shows our strength.”
Emmanuel added, “We’ve been exploited by NSL for too long. I’m so happy with this action—we deserve a decent living.”
NSL is run by a private equity firm after being spun off from car park company NCP four years ago. It runs 12 parking enforcement contracts in London. Traffic wardens employed by NSL struck in Ealing earlier this year.
Send messages of support to George Binette, Camden Unison, 59 Phoenix Road, London NW1 1ES, or go to camdenunison.org.uk