Traffic wardens go on strike over 'huge pay cut' leaving parking free-for-all
There'll be no parking fines or charges in one part of England from later this month, according to a union representing angry traffic wardens striking over a cut in pay
Angry traffic wardens are set to add to travel chaos by going on strike over what is being described as a "huge pay cut".are due to strike over pay at Greater Anglia on 23 June and 2 July and on Croydon Tramlink on 28 and 29 June and 13 and 14 July.Deserted stations, stationary trains and picket lines: The rail strike in pictures She said:"I think it's a combination of a perfect storm that (hospitality businesses) are facing - a tsunami of inflationary cost pressures, energy bills soaring, food bills soaring, difficulty in sourcing staff and also then the cost-of-living squeeze which is already seeing a downturn in consumer spending and footfall.Why you can trust Sky News Imagine, if you can, you are in the chancellor's shoes.
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.Following last-minute talks, the union's leader Mick Lynch said an offer of a 2% pay rise, with the possibility of a further 1%, was "unacceptable".It is being done so that the council can save £800,000 per year.'Collateral damage' Ms Nicholls said that the sector had seen customers postponing events during the pandemic, but this week customers were cancelling and not re-booking because of the uncertainty around travel.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.For example, train guards earn between £23,000 and £36,000 it says.however the local council has disputed this saying all restrictions still apply.Advertisement They have a point - have seen their pay fall in real terms by 4.
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.The median (middle) pay for all employees in the UK was £25,971 last year.Richard Burge, chief executive of the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, voiced concerns about the impact of what could be a long run of strikes.“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.The RMT says another issue is that Network Rail plans to cut 2,500 maintenance jobs, as it tries to save £2bn over the next two years.“To make matters worse, the council have refused to take Fire and Rehire off the table."UK footfall is already down on pre-pandemic levels, and this will only slow the progress retailers have made to bring people back in-store.“This is the disgraceful practice, of sacking your own workforce to force through contractual changes.Network Rail said it would not consider any changes that would make the railways less safe and that modernisation is needed.Now, there are some important caveats - notably the fact that public sector workers tend to get much more generous pensions than their private sector counterparts, something the Office for National Statistics reckons is equivalent to a 7% premium on their pay.
“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).However, with passenger numbers still down by one fifth, the government says reform is needed.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.If your train is cancelled, delayed or rescheduled, National Rail says you are entitled to a refund from the retailer you bought the ticket from."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.That would cost around £7bn.
"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.Season ticket-holders who choose not to travel on strike days can claim compensation for those days.” For the latest breaking news and stories from across the globe from the Daily Star, sign up for our newsletter by clicking here..Will I have to go to work? The pandemic has made working from home more common.
Rail strike: When is it and which trains are running?Rail passengers are facing severe disruption to services this week as workers strike over pay and jobs. How about the management of the train company s taking a pay cut instead of doing it to the WORKERS I mean they would not notice it anyway I hope they don’t get what they want!!! 🤞🏻 they have super high salary already! I love how they said plan ahead and then they cancel planned trains 🤬
'Fragile' hospitality industry 'cannot withstand economic shock' of rail strikesIndustry body UK Hospitality says it expects to see revenue hit by up to 20% due to rail strikes, in comparison to what would be a normal week in June
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Spain's easyJet cabin crew to strike for 9 days in July over pay rowEasyJet cabin crew in Spain have voted to go on strike for nine days in July to demand higher pay - just as the summer season gets under way. How to kill a company and lose your job.
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