Striking UNISON members also call for privatised service to be taken back in-house

Camden UNISONTraffic wardens in Camden are today on strike in a bid to earn the London Living Wage.

The UNISON members, employed by NSL, are taking seven days’ action after learning colleagues in other boroughs employed by the same company have a higher hourly rate than them. The Camden wardens earn £8.92 per hour, compared to those in Waltham Forest earning £11 per hour.

UNISON branch secretary George Binette said: “These workers face daily abuse, often overtly racist, and even when physically attacked on the job there is no guarantee that they will automatically get occupational sick pay.”

UNISON has argued that the parking enforcement contract, which last year generated some £24 million in ring-fenced revenue for Camden Council, should come back ‘in house’ with the workforce once again employed directly by the local authority. In the meantime, Mr Binette has called for ‘Camden Council to ensure that NSL feels serious renewed pressure through financial penalties’.

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