3 October 2014
Wandsworth’s yellow lines and restricted parking bays will be left free for all during a two day strike and council must spend some of the £16m surplus from parking on better pay says GMB.
A two day strike of Wandsworth parking attendants will take place on Friday and Saturday 3/4th October after the failure of talks between GMB and Mouchel to avert strike action in a dispute over pay and union rights. See notes to editors for copy of earlier GMB press release on the dispute.
Mouchel were given notice that 100 parking attendants, employed to enforce yellow lines and restricted parking bays in Wandsworth, will take strike action on Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th October.
The strikers will form pickets from 6:45am to 10:15am on both days as follows at:
Mouchel Balham base,
Balham SW12 9PU
Mouchel Wandsworth base,
Red Lion Square,
Wandsworth High Street
Wandsworth SW18 4LS
There will be a rally outside Wandsworth Town Hall on both days from 11.30am.
Mouchel employ the parking attendants, whose official title is Civil Enforcement Officers, working out of two bases, one in Balham and one in Wandsworth Town.
Members are calling for a living wage of £10.00 per hour, up from as little as the current £7.50, as well as union rights.
The strike action, voted for by 92% to 8% in an official ballot of GMB members, followed the company’s continued refusal to enter into any pay negotiations with the union.
Kieron Merrett, GMB Organiser, said “GMB was hopeful that Mouchel could make an offer to members today which would avert strike action.
Unfortunately Mouchel was only willing to discuss an offer that would redistribute, but not increase, its previous offer which GMB members had already rejected.
Wandsworth’s yellow lines and restricted parking bays will be left free for all during a two day strike on Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th October.
Wandsworth Council must not hide behind companies like Mouchel. According to the RAC Foundation Wandsworth makes a surplus of £16m after running costs from parking. The council must take responsibility and ensure its enforcement officers are paid a decent living wage.
A GMB living wage is set at a level to ensure GMB members can live without being in poverty and without claiming benefits. Companies like Mouchel which pay poverty wages must be held to account.”
Contact: Kieron Merrett, GMB Organiser on 07866 441 656 or 020 8397 8881 or GMB press office: 07921 289880 or 07974 251 823.