Wednesday 20 September
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Victory for Camden traffic wardens in long-running pay battle, says UNISON
Camden traffic wardens are celebrating after securing a pay boost in their long-running dispute with NSL, Camden Council’s private contractor, says UNISON today (Wednesday).
More than 100 workers took 59 days of strike action in their battle to secure a fair pay deal. They were originally offered an increase of just 57p an hour, which they said did little to combat the cost of living crisis.
The new deal will see pay increased from £12.70 an hour to £15 an hour, backdated from April. From April 2024 they will receive £15.90 an hour and there will be a further increase of either 60p an hour or the RPI rate of inflation in April 2025. This means staff will be on a minimum hourly rate of £16.50 by 2025.
UNISON Camden branch secretary Liz Wheatley said: “This is a fantastic victory for Camden traffic wardens. After eight weeks of strikes they have finally been offered a proper pay deal.
“The pay boost is no more than they deserve. Their determination to fight for fairness is a real inspiration and other workers should be encouraged by the success of their long-running battle for fair wages.”
UNISON London regional organiser Steve Terry said: “Camden traffic wardens have shown courage and resilience throughout the dispute and can be proud of this achievement”
Notes to editors:
– Staff voted unanimously for strike action in the ballot, which achieved a turnout of 73%
– 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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