by Tim Lezard Parking attendants in Wandsworth have voted for strike action in a dispute over pay and union rights. The GMB members, employed by contractors Mouchel on behalf of the local council, have been told their wages will be kept well below £10 …

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parking meterby Tim Lezard

Parking attendants in Wandsworth have voted for strike action in a dispute over pay and union rights.

The GMB members, employed by contractors Mouchel on behalf of the local council, have been told their wages will be kept well below £10 an hour. The company has refused to negotiate with the union.

GMB organiser Kieron Merrett said: “GMB members working for Mouchel in Wandsworth are paid well below the breadline.

“Members are calling for a decent living wage, so they can live in this area without claiming benefits or being in in-work poverty.

“The company has told members that their pay will be kept well below a living wage, which GMB Congress set at £10 per hour

“GMB members have voted to take this action as a last resort. We have met with Mouchel and the council when we called for talks over pay and recognition. GMB is still open for negotiations.

“GMB is calling on the council to hold Mouchel to account and bring them to the negotiating table, to see if industrial action can be avoided.

Strike action could leave the council unable to enforce parking restrictions across the Borough, and reduce its income from parking fines. ”


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