Now traffic wardens go on strike: Six-day walkout over pay will hit Chelsea Flower Show
- GMB members to walk out from 22 May after voting in favour of industrial action
- Strikes set to clash with five-day garden show in Kensington and Chelsea
Traffic wardens are to stage a six-day strike later this month in a dispute over pay that will impact the Chelsea Flower Show.
Members of the GMB employed by Westminster Council’s contractor NSL in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea will walk out from May 22 after voting in favour of industrial action.
The strikes are set to clash with the five-day garden show which is held in the borough in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea.
Union officials said its members are ‘understandably angry’ and will continue to ‘fight for a fair and decent pay rise’.
Members of the GMB employed by Westminster Council’s contractor NSL in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea will walk out from May 22 after voting in favour of industrial action
The strikes are set to clash with the five-day garden show which is held in the borough in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea
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John Weir, GMB London Region Organiser said: ‘Our members are understandably angry that whilst they are struggling and facing financial pressures those with the power to make a difference are not doing anything.
‘This vote for industrial action shows just how strongly our members feel and how they will continue to fight for a fair and decent pay rise.
‘NSL has run the parking enforcement contract in Kensington and Chelsea for more than a decade, and has always paid its staff as little as it could get away with.’
A council spokesperson said: ‘Individual pay is decided by the contractor, and the council is making arrangements to make sure services and events important to the borough are well organised with disruption kept to a minimum.’
This comes after union members also staged a walk out on Kings Charles’ Coronation on May 6 after rejecting a ‘below-inflation pay offer’ from NSL.
A CGI impression of award-winning gardener Dave Green’s ‘Garden of Royal Reflection and Celebration’ which will appear at the Chelsea Flower Show this summer
Alex Etches, GMB Regional Assistant said: ‘There is no reason why our members, who do a difficult and dangerous job, should be poorer this year than the last.
‘People in this country are fed up of private companies making millions off the public purse while the people that do the job that generates that money are asked to justify maintaining their standard of living.
‘NSL must get serious about giving our members an offer that doesn’t leave them worse off this year or they will be to blame for the disruption on the day of the coronation.’
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