Parking wardens will still carry out action

A parking warden checking tickets in Clarendon Road, Southsea. Picture: Allan Hutchings (113795-399)
A parking warden checking tickets in Clarendon Road, Southsea. Picture: Allan Hutchings (113795-399)

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COUNCIL bosses have failed to stop parking wardens taking industrial action on Monday.

Unite, the union which represents the workers, met their managers yesterday to see how they plan to resolve issues with their job.

As reported, employees feel that they are being judged on how many tickets they hand out and are doing work that’s not within their remit.

There’s also a dispute about them not being on the right pay scale and having poor rest room facilities.

Managers said they would look at improving working conditions – but that wasn’t seen as a good enough offer.

After the union discussed the managers’ response to workers, staff have decided to take action in the form of using notepads instead of handheld devices, which track their progress, to issue tickets from Monday.

They’ll continue to enforce off-street pay-and-display car parks contracted out to the council because the unions claim they won’t get paid if they do not.

Ian Woodland, Unite’s regional officer, said: ‘We have consulted with our members and we will be taking industrial action on Monday.

‘The meeting was about commitments to resolving the management and facilities issues, but our members felt they had heard it all before.

‘They wanted a serious offer to be put on the table.

‘Our members have been told they will have their pay stopped if they take any action which is just short of a strike.

‘We are looking for more meetings with the council.

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

He said they want to get similar pay to the council’s community wardens, who deal with issues including criminal damage, arson, fly-tipping and graffiti.

‘I have spoken with them in regards to reassessment of their job posts and that is something I will be pursuing myself,’ he said. ‘They have raised the other points to me in the past. The council is listening to the points and grievances they have made.’

A council spokesman said: ‘A meeting took place between representatives of the council and the union.

‘Discussions are ongoing.’