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2 Day Parking Strike In Wandsworth

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Two Day Strike On Friday 3rd  And Sat 4th October By Parking Attendants In Wandsworth After Talks Fail To Resolve  Dispute Over Pay And Union Rights

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,

Yukon Court,

Yukon Road

Balham SW12 9PU


Mouchel Wandsworth base,

Jessica House,

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.”

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Contact: Kieron Merrett, GMB Organiser on 07866 441 656 or 020 8397 8881 or GMB press office: 07921 289880 or 07974 251 823.

Notes to editors

Copy of GMB press release of 30th September and earlier release of 23rd September

LAST DITCH TALKS ON WEDNESDAY 1ST OCTOBER TO AVERT STRIKE ACTION BY PARKING ATTENDANTS IN WANDSWORTH IN DISPUTE OVER PAY AND UNION RIGHTS

Wandsworth's yellow lines and restricted parking bays could be left free for all during a two day strike on Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th October says GMB

There will be last ditch talks between GMB and Mouchel tomorrow ( Wednesday 1st October) to avert strike action by parking attendants in Wandsworth in a dispute over pay and union rights. See notes to editors for copy of GMB press release on the dispute.

Mouchel has already been 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.

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, follows the company’s continued refusal to enter into any pay negotiations with the union.

Kieron Merrett, GMB Organiser, said “GMB members working for Mouchel in Wandsworth are paid well below the breadline.

If these last ditch talks fail Wandsworth's yellow lines and restricted parking bays could be left free for all during a two day strike on Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th October.

Members are calling for a living wage of £10.00 per hour, so they can live in this area without claiming benefits or being in in-work poverty. But the company has told members that their pay will be kept well below a living wage.

GMB members voted to take this action as a last resort, because Mouchel refused to negotiate with us. We are pleased that the company has now agreed to talks, and we hope they can make an offer to GMB members that will enable us to avert strike action.

Wandsworth Council must start to take responsibility for contractors like Mouchel. It is the Council's job to make sure these companies behave responsibly - if it doesn't, it risks council services being disrupted.”

Sadiq Khan, Labour MP for Tooting and Shadow London Minister, said “Companies like Mouchel should be paying enough so that people don't have to work two jobs, and it should be paying enough to keep families out of poverty. Wages have completely failed to keep pace with the cost-of living in London. As essential bills take up an ever higher percentage of Londoner’s salaries, tens of thousands of hard working families have been pushed into poverty. The living wage is not a luxury, it allows families to pay their bills and stay afloat.

A third of Londoners now live in poverty and, even more staggeringly, two thirds are actually in work. The number of people in 'in-work poverty' has risen by almost half a million since 2001. Having a job no longer guarantees that you can afford to live in the capital. By making sure all traffic wardens in Wandsworth are paid the London Living Wage, Mouchel can make a difference which allows hard working people, often mums and dads, to make ends meet.”

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Notes to editors

GMB press release dated 23 September

GMB PARKING ATTENDANTS EMPLOYED BY MOUCHEL IN WANDSWORTH VOTE FOR STRIKE ACTION FOR BETTER PAY AND UNION RIGHT

The company has told members that their wages will be kept well below a living wage which GMB Congress set at £10 per hour says GMB

GMB members employed as parking attendants by Mouchel in the London Borough of Wandsworth have voted in an official ballot by 92% to 8% for strike action in a dispute over pay and union rights.

Outsourcing firm Mouchel, under contract with Wandsworth Council, has refused to negotiate on the claim by the Civil Enforcement Officers for a decent living wage and for their union GMB to carry out negotiations on pay and conditions for them.

There are 100 parking attendants working from two bases, one at Balham and one in Wandsworth Town.

Kieron Merrett, GMB Organiser, said “GMB members working for Mouchel in Wandsworth are paid well below the breadline.

Members are calling for a decent living wage, so they can live in this area without claiming benefits or being in in-work poverty.

The company has told members that their pay will be kept well below a living wage, which GMB Congress set at £10 per hour.

GMB members have voted to take this action as a last resort. We have met with Mouchel and the Council when we called for talks over pay and recognition. GMB is still open for negotiations.

GMB is calling on the Council to hold Mouchel to account and bring them to the negotiating table, to see if industrial action can be avoided.

Strike action could leave the council unable to enforce parking restrictions across the Borough, and reduce its income from parking fines. ”

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