Traffic wardens' pay fight

Submitted by cathy n on 9 September, 2014 - 4:17 Author: Ollie Moore

Traffic wardens in Ealing, West London, will strike on Thursday 11 September in a dispute over pay. The workers have rejected a management offer of a 1.5% increase, well below the current Retail Price Index of 2.5%.
The workers are employed by NSL Ltd., a private contractor which runs traffic and parking services for many local councils. Unison members employed by NSL on a contract at Camden council had a prolonged dispute in 2012, which involved sustained strike action.
The NSL workers at Ealing Borough Council, who are members of Unite, estimate that their strike could cost the council ÂŁ25,000 in lost revenue from parking fines, showing the power of particular workers to hit bosses in the pocket.
As the squeeze on real wages continues, local battles over pay, such as this one, can be expected to become more common. Socialists in the labour movement should gear up to support these disputes and help them win.

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