Parking wardens on strike for 24 hours over conditions

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PARKING wardens in Portsmouth are on strike today over job evaluations and the city council’s decision not to pay them over other periods of industrial action.

More than a dozen members of Unite stood in the rain outside Portsmouth City Council’s civic offices on Wednesday handing out leaflets and demanding to be heard.

Unite members on strike in Portsmouth

Unite members on strike in Portsmouth

Among their grievances are being given additional duties, the length of time taken over reevaluating staff posts and ‘increased pressure’ on issuing more parking tickets.

Richard White, Unite’s convener at Portsmouth City Council, said seven parking wardens took action this morning and four will this afternoon - a total of eleven out of 35 officers.

‘We have called a 24-hour strike of our members in parking enforcement. It’s the third action we have had about this. We have reluctantly had to go to this stage,’ he said

‘Most of the members are out today, I think one or two are in work but it has definitely affected the coverage of the city.’

Simon Moon, Portsmouth City Council’s head of transport and environment, said: ‘We have had two discussions with Unite and felt there was agreed progress on three of their four issues, and we will continue to discuss their concerns over pay.

‘It is important to clarify however that we do not set targets for parking tickets, as this would be illegal.

‘Over at least a three-month period we look at the average number of tickets issued. As usual business practice this is one of a number of measures to help look at staff performance.

‘We are committed in listening to concerns to help resolve this dispute.’