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Friday 21 July 2023
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Camden traffic wardens to begin strike over pay, says UNISON
More than 100 traffic wardens working in the London borough of Camden will walk out from Monday in a row over pay, says UNISON today (Friday).
This follows a 4.5% pay offer from their employer, which amounts to an increase of just 57p an hour, the union says.
The workers, mainly low-paid Black staff, are employed by private company NSL on a contract from Camden Council.
The staff – formally called civil enforcement officers – will be taking part in continuous strike action until the employer improves its offer, says the union.
UNISON Camden branch secretary Liz Wheatley said: “These officers deliver a vital service to the community, often while facing a lot of abuse.
“They work long hours doing a difficult job and deserve decent pay. With a unanimous vote for strike action, they’ve sent a clear message to NSL they’re prepared to follow this through to the end.”
Notes to editors:
– UNISON’s claim is for staff to be paid £15.90 an hour. They currently receive £12.70.
– The ballot achieved a 73.11% turnout, with a 100% vote in favour of strike action.
– Picket lines will be in place at:
Regis Road, NW5 3EW (Kentish Town) from 7am to 10am each day, 199 Belsize Road NW6 4AA (Kilburn) from 7am to 10am each day, 13-15 Guilford St WC1N 1DW (near Russell Square) from 7am to 10am each day
– UNISON is the UK’s largest union with more than 1.3 million members providing public services in education, local government, the NHS, police service and energy. They are employed in the public, voluntary and private sectors.
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