Discontented traffic wardens will strike

Parking tickets in Portsmouth
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MOTORISTS could be given a free pass to the city’s car parks tomorrow, as traffic wardens stage a one-day strike.

The 23 traffic wardens who are members of the Unite union will stage the 24-hour strike from midnight tonight.

But drivers should be aware that not every warden in the city will be on strike.

The union says the reasons for the action include unfair job evaluations, ‘overbearing management’, and a 40 per cent increase in targets.

Unite convenor Richard White said: ‘It’s regrettable that we have to take this step, but the attitude of council management has left us with no alternative.

‘So far, our members have taken action short of strike and strike actions lasting only an hour, and on both occasions, Portsmouth City Council has docked members a full day’s pay.’

Unite regional officer Ian Woodland added: ‘We are dealing with a situation of overbearing management intent on micromanaging our members who are doing a good, but stressful job.

‘The council needs to get around the table urgently to reach a settlement of this dispute which is becoming an embarrassment for the city council.’

The council has previously said that it is listening to the wardens’ grievances and that discussions are ongoing.