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
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
earlier 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
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
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.”
Contact Kieron Merrett 07866 441 656 or 020 8397 8881 or GMB press office
07921 289880 or 07974 251 823.