by Hugo Pierre, Camden Unison schools convenor, personal capacity
Camden Unison members who work for NSL parking enforcement services started indefinite strike action on 24 July. There was a 100% yes vote by members across three sites in the borough in their fight for £15.90 an hour.
They work in the lucrative parking contract for Camden council, in the privatised company. The contract covers central areas of London like Holborn and Tottenham Court Road, and makes NSL millions in profit. This goes to a private equity company.
Meanwhile, the Unison members enforcing parking regulations in all weathers are expected to exist on £12.70 an hour, in one of the most expensive cities in the world!
Camden Unison members are determined to keep up their fight for fair pay. Duncan, one of the stewards, said: “The picket line outside Guilford Street is really well supported, with at least half the members turning out. We joined up with the other sites for a really lovely protest outside Camden council offices.
“This should put an end to any thoughts the company might have about sitting this dispute out. It will give us all confidence that, with the support of the union, we can go on to win!”