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Camden traffic wardens annouce two-day strike in dispute over pay

PUBLISHED: 08:00 06 July 2012

Camden traffic wardens have announced a two-day strike. Picture: Getty Images/Daniel Berehulak

Camden traffic wardens have announced a two-day strike. Picture: Getty Images/Daniel Berehulak

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Camden parking wardens are set to strike for two days next week in a dispute over pay.

Trade union Unison said the decision to go on strike next Wednesday and Thursday (July 11 and 12) shows the strength of feeling among its workforce, who want to be paid £10 an hour.

Around 150 wardens are expected to walk out.

Branch secretary George Binette said: “We believe that the feeling is so strong that more than one day is warranted.

“We are hoping that if the action goes ahead, the strike will achieve a dramatic breakthrough and put an end to chronically low pay.”

During a strike in Ealing earlier this year, it is understood that back office employees and supervisors were used along with workers from other contracts and temporary staff to ensure parking controls continued and disruption was at a minimum.

NSL, the company contracted by Camden Council to carry out parking enforcement in the borough, refused to confirm any plans it was considering until it spoke to the council.

A spokesman said: “NSL is continuing to engage with the union with the aim of preventing strike action from taking place in Camden.

“We maintain that against a background of public sector pay freezes, our pay offer is more than fair and the union demand of a 30 per cent increase is excessive.”

A council spokesman said: “We urge NSL management and Unison to resolve this dispute and come to a reasonable and settled outcome to avoid disruption to local residents and businesses.”

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