Parking attendants strike over outsourcing 'horror show'

04 Mar 2019
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GMB, the union for council workers, has called on Wandsworth and Westminster local authorities to end the ‘horror show’ of outsourcing parking services as parking attendants take strike action today.

Both councils outsource parking services to private contractor NSL, despite raking in millions each year from parking fines.

Staff are struggling to make ends meet on “some of the worst terms and conditions we’ve seen in local government”, the union said.

“These are appalling terms and conditions of employment – some of the worst we’ve seen in local government.

Paul Grafton, GMB Regional Organiser:

GMB members on the Westminster contract do not even gain the London Living Wage of £10.55 per hour. They are not covered if they have an accident at work, and if they are sick, NSL refuse to pay them for the first three days of illness.

Although paid the London Living Wage, those on the Wandsworth contract are not covered for accidents at work and many do not get sick pay for short-term sickness.

Westminster and Wandsworth were among the top 10 councils in England recording the largest surpluses from parking operations in 2016/7, according to the RAC Foundation.

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The list was topped by Westminster with surplus produced from council parking operations reaching £73.2 million and Wandsworth in 6rh place with surplus of £20.5 million [1].

Paul Grafton, GMB Regional Organiser said:

“These are appalling terms and conditions of employment – some of the worst we’ve seen in local government.

“It’s a scandal that eye-watering sums that could help fund local services and give dedicated workers decent terms and conditions are instead being used to line the pockets of shareholders and senior managers.”

“Both councils must put an end to the discredited, false economy of outsourcing, and move to bring services back in house and treat their workers decently.”

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