COUNTY NEWS: Strike action could mean free parking for Christmas shoppers

Parking attendants are set to go on strike in Brighton and Hove
Parking attendants are set to go on strike in Brighton and Hove

Traffic wardens are set to go on strike over pay in Brighton and Hove, and said there could be days of free parking in the city if their demands are not met.

Union GMB said its 70 members voted for action in a pay dispute with NSL Ltd, the company that runs parking enforcement for Brighton and Hove City Council. Members requested a four per cent pay increase, but this was turned down by the company, which offered a 1.5 per cent rise

Anne Chandler, GMB regional officer, said the strike action will take place for the next three weekends leading up to Christmas (December 5-6, 11-12 and 19-20), unless the pay offer is improved.

Ms Chandler said: “These parking attendants in Brighton and Hove - lower-paid workers, with not great terms and conditions, who work in all weathers, and are subject to a lot of abuse - are determined to get a better deal from NSL Ltd and ultimately from Brighton and Hove City Council.

“There was an overwhelming turnout of the staff in the ballot and the vote for action was unanimous. The action will take place unless NSL Ltd offers the four per cent increase the members seek.

“I think there is every chance of days of free parking in Brighton and Hove if NSL Ltd does not substantially improve the pay offer.”

An NSL spokesperson said: “We are surprised and disappointed with this news since we have offered a fair, generous, and above-inflation pay deal. However, contingency plans are in place to ensure that Brighton and Hove’s parking rules are enforced and that there is minimal disruption to our client, local businesses and residents.”