Portsmouth traffic wardens told: You won’t be paid

INDUSTRIAL ACTION A parking warden checking tickets
INDUSTRIAL ACTION A parking warden checking tickets

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TRAFFIC wardens taking industrial action in Portsmouth today have been told that they will not be paid.

The civil enforcement officers turned up for work as usual but in a row over pay, work load and facilities they refused to use hand-held recording devices.

City council leader Gerald Vernon Jackson said that even though the traffic wardens had reported for work, they would not be paid.

He said it was reasonable for the council to expect that employees would use technology provided to them to do their jobs efficiently.

‘If you don’t do the job properly, you don’t get paid for it. It’s as simple as that’ he said.

The traffic wardens say they feel they are being judged by how many tickets they hand out and are doing work that is not within their remit.

Unite, the union that represents the workers, met with council bosses last week and failed to come to a satisfactory agreement.

Today, the traffic wardens said they wanted to notepads instead of handheld devices, which track their progress, to issue tickets. However, there are no such notepads available, as paper tickets have not been issued in the city for several years.

The traffic wardren said they will continue to enforce off-street pay-and-display car parks contracted out to the council.

Richard White, Unite Convenor said: ‘Our members have turned up to work today and have yet again been met with a belligerent attitude from council bosses. Civil enforcement officers have every intention of performing their duties, albeit on paper, yet have been told by doing so they will be classed as volunteer workers. Our members will remain on site and will await management instructions.’

Unite regional officer Ian Woodland added: ‘Christmas has come early for shoppers in Portsmouth today, but the “cut your nose off to spite your face” approach by council bosses is draconian and would make even scrooge blush.

‘Our members in parking have taken on a number of additional duties, but the council’s job evaluation process has failed to give them confidence that these additional duties are being fairly recognised.

‘We’d urge the council to get back around the table and reach a negotiated settlement that addresses the concerns of our members.’

Councillor Jason Fazackarley, cabinet member for traffic and transport, said he was looking into how he can get workers’ pay upgraded.

Discussions are still ongoing between Unite and the council.