Unite, the country’s largest union, has hailed the settlement of the Ealing traffic wardens dispute as “a success for collective action”.
A strike set for today Tuesday (29 October), which could have meant the chances of receiving a parking ticket in Ealing being much reduced, has now been called off, following talks yesterday (Monday).
The dispute, involving 59 traffic wardens known as civil enforcement officers (CEOs), was with NSL, which provides the traffic warden service for the West London council. About 250 penalty charge notices (PCNs) are issued every day at maximum cost of either £65 or £100. NSL said that it had a contingency plan to cover the issuing of parking tickets, if the strike had gone ahead.
The dispute had three elements; now resolved:
• the previously rejected 1.5 per cent pay offer for 2013/14 was increased to two per cent and backdated to April 2013 for basic and overtime rates
• agreement was made for ten minutes a day paid admin time, instead of the previous withdrawal of 20 minutes admin time
To counter claims of bullying and harassment, the company has agreed the following:
• the CEOs will be notified, verbally and in writing, when the mystery shoppers are to be deployed to monitor their performance. They will be told who will be performing such duties and for what duration. Documentation will be shown as to the actual roles and responsibility of the mystery shoppers, along with how staff are to respond when they are engaged by these officers while on duty.
Unite regional officer Michelle Braveboy said: “Unite met with the management representatives of NSL Limited (Ealing) yesterday with the aim of avoiding the strike action.
“A mass meeting was held with the members and, after much deliberation, it was decided to accept the offer by a majority vote. It has been a long set of negotiations which began in February. We have finally reached an agreement – it was a success for collective action and our members standing together.”
For further information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 07768 693940
Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.