Ealing car parking officers vote 100% for week-long strike

Civil enforcement parking officers in Ealing have voted 100% for a week’s strike action over redundancies.

The Unite members, employed by Serco, will take action from January 31 to February 7, after being told there would be eight redundancies on the contract but all 60 workers would be at risk.

The union warned Serco unless it withdrew the redundancies and entered into meaningful negotiations with the workers’ union it would be forced to ballot for industrial action. Unite has now secured talks with Serco this week but if a resolution to the dispute is not reached then not only will the strike go ahead but further action will be called.

Unite regional officer Clare Keogh said: “The strike action will make parking in Ealing a complete lottery and will undoubtedly cause widespread disruption on the borough’s streets. This strike is directly a result of the high handed and uncaring action of Serco.

“Strike action is always taken as a last resort and our members have been left with no option. “Resolving this dispute is entirely in Serco’s hands, the company has have the opportunity at talks this week to remove the immediate threat of redundancies and finally to enter into meaningful negotiations to resolve this dispute.”

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