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Traffic wardens strike in Camden and York

Issue No. 2312

Some 160 traffic wardens in Camden, north London, struck for two days last week. They are demanding a living wage from 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.

The wardens, members of the Unison union, currently earn £8.09 an hour. They demand the same wage as wardens in Waltham Forest on 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—that’s what we’re asking for.”

Around 100 strikers and supporters held a lunchtime rally at Camden town hall. On the second day some 140 workers came to a mass meeting to talk about the way forward. The wardens were set to lobby the council on Wednesday of this week.

Traffic wardens and other parking staff in York struck for seven days last week to fight plans to make them work a five-day week.

The Unison union members walked out from Monday to Sunday. They picketed workplaces with flags and placards, including the large Piccadilly car park in the centre of the city.

The union says the strike caused “chaos” and has lost the council a lot of revenue.

Bosses’ plans would mean the workers giving up their “rest day” even though they walk miles every day, and working until 11pm some nights.

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Tue 17 Jul 2012, 16:42 BST
Issue No. 2312
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