Union says borough will lose £250k every day parking wardens strike

A town hall will lose £250,000 for every day its parking wardens are on strike, according to a union.

Wandsworth parking wardens have gone on strike today for the third time in a dispute over pay, meaning parking charges will not be being checked and penalty notices will not be being issued.  

Wandsworth council said it did not know how the union calculated the sum and that it was incorrect.

Other services such as parking bays being suspended for people having building work done or moving house will not be being actioned. 

Paul Grafton, a GMB organiser, said: “The longer this strike goes on for the more income NSL and the council miss out on.  

“GMB members collect huge amounts of money on behalf of the council. While they are on strike, motorists may well decide to take the risk of not buying a parking ticket on the basis there is a smaller risk of getting a fixed penalty notice. 

“These workers are determined to fight for the pay rise they deserve. They have worked throughout the pandemic, keeping the streets moving. They should not be rewarded with a real terms pay cut.  

“Parking wardens in a neighbouring borough receive £5 an hour more for doing the same job.  

“We call on Wandsworth council to bring the contract back in-house, pay staff decently and stop the private contractor taking profits which could be reinvested in the borough.”

A Wandsworth council spokesman said: “Parking attendants are employed through an operator and the council has ensured that their current pay level meets the London Living Wage, in line with other local authorities.

“Despite a number of offers having been made, these have been rejected without any attempt to compromise, which has resulted in industrial action that is having a negative impact on our residents and businesses who rely on parking enforcement in their local area.”

Pictured top: Wandsworth parking wardens protest low pay (Picture: GMB Union)

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