Parking wardens in LB Hounslow on strike for one month

Image above: A traffic warden delivers a ticket in Chiswick; photograph Marianne Mahaffey

Dispute escalates after ‘shameful low pay offer’

Parking wardens across LB Hounslow have stepped up strike action in a battle for more pay. Beginning on Monday 6 February, parking wardens working for Serco will strike for the entire month of February.

The workers are directly employed by Serco, which manages the contract for Hounslow Borough Council. The British company has contracts in defence, justice & immigration, transport, health, and citizen services, employing some 50,000 people worldwide, with contracts in Continental Europe, the Middle East, the Asia Pacific region, including Australia and Hong Kong, and North America. It made an operating profit of £216.2 million last year.

General Secretary of Unite, Sharon Graham, who is leading the industrial action, described Serco’s refusal to address low pay as ‘shameful’.

Serco said they were ‘working hard’ with Unite to resolve the dispute.

Strike action has been avoided in nearby Brent and Ealing. Civil enforcement officers and CCTV operators in Ealing received a 9% pay increase, backdated to April 2022, while newly employed workers received a 12% pay boost.

Additionally, they agreed a further 8% pay increase from April this year, as well as extra annual leave entitlement for all workers.

Image above: Unite General Secretary Sharon Graham

Strikes will cause Hounslow’s parking restrictions to “fall apart” 

Unite’s Sharon Graham said:

“The truth is that the London Living Wage is not enough to live on. Serco is hugely wealthy. The Council and its outsourcer have the ability to pay workers more. The strike will inevitably mean that parking restrictions across the borough will fall apart. Bosses need to realise the workers have Unite’s total support.”

Kieron Clarke, Serco’s head of parking services, said:

“We have been working hard with our customers and the union to resolve the dispute and are pleased strike action is not in place in Ealing and Brent. We continue to work towards addressing issues in Hounslow but in the meantime have contingency plans in place to ensure a level of service continues to be provided.”

Hounslow Council spokesperson said:

“The council remains in dialogue with Serco on this industrial dispute. The council respects the fact that it is for Serco to manage these issues as an independent employer, but key senior officers from within the council will be seeking a meeting with representatives from Serco to discuss dispute resolution, given the impacts on Hounslow residents.”

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