Traffic wardens in Camden were in confident mood today, Thursday, for the start of their second strike over pay.
The wardens, members of the Unison union, struck for two days in July. This time they are walking out for three days to demand a pay rise from their current £8.09 an hour.
“The picket lines were good today,” one striker told Socialist Worker. “We will come out victorious at the end of this. Our strike is getting bigger and stronger—we’re going to win.”
The wardens held a rally at lunchtime. One speaker from the Guilford Street depot spoke of management attempts to intimidate strikers and lie to them about their offer.
Strikers chanted “NSL: No Slave Labour!”—a reference to NSL, the parking enforcement firm that employs them. NSL is run by a private equity firm and runs 12 contracts across London.
Several strikers invoked the Olympics to describe their determination. “There’s a long winding road ahead, but we won’t retreat—we’re in it to win it,” said one.
Send messages of support to George Binette, Camden Unison, 59 Phoenix Road, London NW1 1ES, or go to camdenunison.org.uk