Camden traffic wardens to strike for four days next week

PUBLISHED: 15:40 19 August 2015 | UPDATED: 15:40 19 August 2015

A Camden traffic warden in Hampstead. Picture: Nigel Sutton

A Camden traffic warden in Hampstead. Picture: Nigel Sutton

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Parking wardens are to go on strike amid a pay dispute and complaints that they suffer “routine” verbal and violent abuse.

Camden Unison members working for Camden Council’s parking contractor, NSL, voted in favour of industrial action, set to take place from Monday to Thursday.

Most wardens are paid £8.92 per hour and they are asking for a rise to £9.50. NSL has offered £9.27.

Camden Unison branch secretary George Binette said: “Our members work about 42 hours a week in all weather with no overtime. It’s routine to face verbal abuse and there have been serious cases of physical abuse. We recently had one member struck by a moped in a targeted attack. Camden Council makes about £24million a year in parking revenue. There are cost of living pressures in London and there’s a strong case for a substantial pay rise.”

Mr Binette said the strike could see motorists who illegally park less likely to be fined. NSL said it would put “robust contingency plans in place” during the strike.

A spokesman for NSL added: “NSL is committed to paying its workers in Camden the London Living Wage (LLW) and we have tabled a fair and generous pay deal.”

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