Camden NSL parking wardens step up action with three-day Olympic strike

7 August 2012

Camden Unison became the first branch to win union recognition from contractor NSL last year – now they are fighting for decent pay. Pic: Camden Trades Council

Unison members who work in parking enforcement in Camden, central London, are stepping up their fight for decent pay with a three-day strike from Thursday 9 to Saturday 11 August.

The 160 workers, who are employed by private contractor NSL, staged a solid two-day strike last month. They earn just £8.09 an hour for working a basic 42.5 hour week in all weathers.

This month’s strike – during the closing period of the Olympics – comes after the parking wardens unanimously rejected the bosses’ latest offer.

Camden Unison branch secretary George Binnette says:

The company has actually tabled a worse offer than before the July strike. While it would take basic pay to the current London Living Wage of £8.30 an hour, that figure has not been uprated since May last year. In real terms NSL is still proposing another pay cut for those workers who generate profits for NSL and substantial revenues for Camden Council.

Our members are frustrated but also determined to fight for a long overdue, substantial pay rise.

How to help

Please send messages of support to Camden Unison. Donations to the strike fund can be made by cheque to ‘Unison Camden NSL’, c/o Camden Unison, 59 Phoenix Road, London NW1 1ES.

Join picket lines from 6.30am on Thursday 9 and Friday 10 August.

  • Crowndale Base – 19 Crowndale Rd, NW1 1TU
  • Kilburn Base – 199 Belsize Rd, NW6 4AA
  • Hampstead Base – 213 Haverstock Hill, NW3 4QR
  • Guilford St Base – 13-15 Guilford St, WC1N 1DW
  • Camden Car Pound – Regis Road (by the recycling centre entrance), NW5 3EW
  • Holmes Road Base – 25 Spring Place, Kentish Town, NW5 3AP

* fewer bases are normally opened on Saturdays, so contact Camden Unison on the email above if you are considering supporting the picket lines on that day.

Support the strike rally
Thursday 9 August, 12.30pm, outside Camden Town Hall, Judd Street & Euston Road, WC1H 9JE (nearest tube: King’s Cross/St Pancras).

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