…By Enitan Thompson for TDPel Media.
Traffic wardens employed by contractors NSL in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea are set to stage a six-day strike due to a disagreement over pay.
This strike action will coincide with the annual Chelsea Flower Show, which takes place in the borough.
Anger Over Pay Disparity:
Members of the GMB union, representing the traffic wardens, have voted in favor of industrial action, citing frustration over their financial struggles and the perceived lack of action by those in power.
John Weir, GMB London Region Organiser, expressed the members’ strong sentiments and their determination to fight for a fair and reasonable pay increase.
NSL’s Payment Practices:
According to Weir, NSL, which has been in charge of the parking enforcement contract in Kensington and Chelsea for over a decade, has consistently paid its staff the minimum amount possible.
This statement suggests a history of inadequate remuneration, contributing to the dissatisfaction among the traffic wardens.
Council’s Response and Event Management:
A spokesperson from the council addressed the situation by stating that individual pay decisions are made by the contractor.
However, they assured that the council is taking steps to ensure that essential services and events within the borough are well-organized and disruptions are kept to a minimum, considering the upcoming Chelsea Flower Show.
Traffic wardens employed by NSL in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea are preparing for a six-day strike as they demand better pay.
This labor action will coincide with the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show, amplifying the impact of the strike on the borough.
While the dispute continues, the council is making efforts to manage essential services and events effectively, aiming to minimize any potential disruptions.