Second strike in a month by Camden UNISON wardens follows unanimous rejection of employers’ pay offer


Traffic wardens in north London have begun a second round of strike action in a dispute over what UNISON says an effective pay cut.

The three-day walkout follows a two-day strike in July and union officials are warning of a longer strike later this month if employers refuse to make ‘significant concessions’.

Around 160 wardens, who are employed by the contractor NSL and are all members of the Camden UNISON branch, are currently paid just £8.09 an hour and working a basic 42.5 hour week.

Camden UNISON branch secretary George Binette said, “The company has actually tabled a worse offer than before the July strike.

“While it [NSL’s latest offer] would take basic pay to the current London Living Wage of £8.30 an hour that figure has not been uprated since May last year.

“In real terms NSL is proposing still another pay cut for those workers who generate profits for NSL and substantial revenues for Camden Council.”

Picket lines are expected each day until Saturday outside the six NSL workplaces in the north London borough with a rally planned outside Camden Town Hall this lunchtime.

UNISON says members will implement a work to rule and further strike action later this month if NSL does not make ‘significant concessions’ in the pay dispute.

Says George Binette: “Our members are frustrated but also determined to fight for a long overdue, substantial pay rise.”

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