Traffic wardens go on strike over ‘huge pay cut’ leaving parking free-for-all

Angry traffic wardens are set to add to travel chaos by going on strike over what is being described as a "huge pay cut".

Wardens in Wiltshire have decided to take seven days of strike action from June 30 until July 6 – and it'll cost the local council around £30,000 per day.

Backed by the GMB Union, the strike centres around a pay cut for 10% of the wardens, which will see some lose around £2,000 per year.

It is being done so that the council can save £800,000 per year.

During the period of action, no Penalty Charge Notices will be dished out, nor will parking charges in council owned car parks – according to GMB. however the local council has disputed this saying all restrictions still apply.

Keith Roberts, GMB Regional Organiser said: “In the middle of a cost of living crisis, our members have the terrible threat hanging over their heads of a huge pay cut.

“This is impacting their wellbeing and several are off sick with stress. The council need to start acting like grown-ups, and take the proposed pay cuts off the table.

“To make matters worse, the council have refused to take Fire and Rehire off the table.

“This is the disgraceful practice, of sacking your own workforce to force through contractual changes.

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“Wiltshire Council needs to understand that this seven-day strike will be a major escalation from GMB, and we will ensure that it hits them hard in the pocket, costing them up to £200,000 in lost income.”

Brits are already facing weeks of train strike hell, starting from tomorrow (June 21), with talks failing between the union and rail companies earlier today (June 20).

And now locals in Wiltshire will have to potentially put up with chaos on the roads for at least a week, too – although the council has claimed that it will try to mitigate the chaos as much as possible.

Terence Herbert, Chief Executive of Wiltshire Council, said: ““Parking restrictions, including all usual car parking charges, will still be in place during that time.

"Discussions between the council and the three recognised unions – Unison, Unite the Union and GMB – over proposed changes to terms and conditions are ongoing, and GMB’s claim that we refuse to take the option to ‘fire and rehire’ off the table is unhelpful.

"We are disappointed that the GMB has chosen to escalate this strike action, and we will be putting in place measures to minimise both customer and financial impacts, including continuing to enforce parking restrictions.”

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