Strikes by Serco civil enforcement officers over union busting on 6 May are set to bring ‘election day parking chaos’, Unite, the UK’s leading union, said today (Friday 30 April). 

More than 40 civil enforcement officers will strike after the company offered severance to elected Unite representatives and activists in order to undermine trade union organisation. 

Unite called on Ealing Council to force Serco to resolve the dispute and prevent parking disruption during the mayoral election and three by-elections being held on 6 May.  

The dispute is linked to a botched and unjustified restructuring and redundancy programme that Serco tried to instigate in late 2019, with minimal consultation with Unite.

Serco is also refusing to negotiate a new absence management policy for employees working on the Ealing contract. Unite believes the present policy is being used to unfairly dismiss employees and should be renegotiated. 

The civil enforcement officers will take part in two 72-hour strikes, with the first beginning on 5 May and ending on 7 May, and the second beginning on 12 May and ending on 14 May

Unite regional officer Clare Keogh said: “Serco is drinking in the last chance salon. If they do not engage fully and meaningfully with Unite over these issues, our members will begin strike action.

“Our members do not want to strike. But Serco’s attempts to undermine collective bargaining through the targeting of individual staff and the misuse of the absence policy has left them with no choice.

“The strikes, along with the resultant election day parking chaos, can still be avoided if Serco climbs down from its position and engages in good faith to resolve these issues. We call on Ealing Council to intervene to make sure this happens."

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Ealing parking strikes latest in series of industrial disputes to hit outsourcer Serco

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