Traffic wardens take action over pay and conditions

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More than 150 traffic wardens in Camden are today on strike over pay and conditions.

UNISON members employed by Camden Council’s parking contractor NSL are taking action after the company dismissed out of hand a pay claim lodged by the union in February.

Following the ballot result and the notification of strike dates, NSL on Friday came back to UNISON with a three-year offer of below £9 an hour.

Camden UNISON Branch Secretary George Binette said: “Despite generating millions in crucial revenue for Camden Council and braving the elements as well as abuse from the motoring public almost every working day, these workers still face the reality of chronically low pay in one of the world’s most expensive cities for housing and public transport. We are sceptical about NSL’s claim that it cannot afford to pay more, but in addition we’re calling on Camden’s Labour council to translate rhetorical concern for the low-paid into meaningful action.”

NSL has already faced strike action this year by Unite members on its Ealing contract, demanding the reinstatement of a sacked union representative, and also lost an Employment Tribunal case over the victimisation of a whistle-blowing employee on its Kensington & Chelsea contract.


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