Parking attendants to strike

Parking attendants to strike

A union officer says drivers in one London borough should be able to park on yellow lines and in restricted parking spaces without fear of fines this Friday and Saturday.

This is due to industrial action over pay and rights being taken by the parking attendants in Wandsworth, south west London.

The GMB union members are asking for a £2.50 pay rise - taking them up to £10 an hour. But Mouchel, the contractor they work for, refuses to concede so workers have decided to walk out for two days.

Around 100 union members will not be at work during the strike. According to GMB officer Kieron Merrett, motorists will be free to park on yellow lines and other restricted areas in the zones attendants usually patrol.

Mr Merrett says Wandsworth Council makes millions of pounds from parking permits and fines. It should use more of the money to give parking attendants a decent wage.

He accuses the council of "hiding behind" Mouchel over the pay situation for GMB members.

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