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Thanks to your readers for their backing in the traffic wardens strike for better pay

11 October, 2018

Traffic wardens on the picket line in Kentish Town

• WE thank your readers for the support that they offered to our Camden Unison traffic warden members on strike, (‘No more cheap labour’: Parking wardens strike over low pay, October 4).

They work for private company NSL and want to be paid a decent wage. They have put in a pay claim of £11.15 an hour. As outlined in your report they often face abuse and assaults.

The vast majority of the workforce is black and racism is a regular experience when they are doing their job. Traffic wardens are not always the most popular people, but in a city where millions move about in vehicles, they are essential to keep London running. They deserve to be properly paid for the work they do.

You report that Cllr Adam Harrison urged that Unison and NSL go to Acas to resolve the dispute. Unison arranged a meeting at Acas on the second day of the strike with this aim.

At the meeting NSL refused to improve their offer, saying that it was the council that set the pay rates, which the council says is not true. This leaves the workforce and our negotiations in limbo.

However NSL could easily sort this out. It is a company that makes millions of pounds out of its contract with Camden for parking services.

They had enough money to give their top director a 400 per cent pay rise over the last two years, taking his salary to £708,000, or over £320 an hour. So clearly they have money for some company members but not for others.

Our members will be continuing their campaign for £11.15 an hour and you can send messages of support or get updates by emailing unison@camden.gov.uk.

LIZ WHEATLEY
Branch Secretary
Camden Unison

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