Parking attendants and CCTV operators to strike for two weeks

Image above: Traffic warden issuing a parking ticket; photograph Marianne Mahaffey

“Free parking while workers fight for fair pay”

Civil enforcement officers and CCTV operators are set to strike for two weeks between the 18 January and 31 January.

The Unite union served notice of industrial action to Serco, which provides parking services to both Hounslow, Ealing and the London Borough of Brent. This comes following what Unite has labelled as a ‘measly’ pay offer from the company. A statement issued by Unite said:

‘The giant outsourcing company’s latest profits were £303.9 million but Serco has offered the workers a measly 20p an hour or nothing for workers on the real living wage.’

Serco’s current pay offer amounts to a 1.7% pay increase for workers in Ealing who earn £11.35 an hour. Workers on the Hounslow and Brent contracts currently earn £11.05 an hour. Unite say they have been offered nothing above the rate for the real living wage.

Workers are embarking on a coordinated campaign to demand a substantial pay increase when inflation is at 14% (RPI). The planned strikes mean that there could be free parking across the three boroughs this month.

Serco say they are ‘fully engaged in discussions in an attempt avert any strike action’.

Image above: Unite General Secretary Sharon Graham

Pay offer ‘absolute disgrace’, says Unite 

Unite General Secretary, Sharon Graham said:

“It’s an absolute disgrace that a hugely profitable business like Serco has put this offensive offer to this workforce. Little wonder then that these essential council workers across west London have begun the New Year with a 100 per cent vote for strike action.

“The civil enforcement officers and CCTV operators are joining forces to fight back against Serco, an outsourcer with a track record of paying workers poorly. Serco has to give itself a shake and get back to the table, ready to make these workers a reasonable and fair pay offer.

“If not, the workers’ unanimous strike vote will be matched by Unite’s total support.”

Unite Acting National Officer Clare Keogh said:

“Serco and the London boroughs still have time to prevent a strike and the resulting loss of income. If the strike goes ahead it will mean free parking while workers fight for fair pay. The truth is that the council workers face real hardship when inflation is around eight times higher than their pay offer. For workers on the living wage, it’s hardly enough to live on.”

Kieron Clarke, Serco’s Head of Parking Services, said:

“It is always our intention to work in partnership with the trade unions. We fully appreciate the impact of the current cost of living challenges are having on our people and we are fully engaged in discussions in an attempt avert any strike action.”

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