Unite, the UK and Ireland’s, largest union has warned that residents in Ealing in West London face a week of a ‘parking lottery’ after civil enforcement officers employed by outsourcer Serco unanimously voted for strike action, in a dispute over redundancies.

The workforce will strike for a week beginning on Friday 31 January with the strike ending on Thursday 7 February.

Uncaring Serco

The dispute erupted shortly before Christmas when Serco announced that there would be eight redundancies on the contract but all 60 workers would be at risk.

The situation was further exacerbated as Serco refused to enter into collective consultation on the redundancies with Unite.

Ballot for action

Unite warned Serco that unless it withdrew the redundancies and entered into meaningful negotiations with the workers’ union it would be forced to ballot for industrial action.

The Unite members voted by 100 per cent in favour of strike action.

Unite has now secured talks with Serco this week but if a resolution to the dispute is not reached then not only will the strike go ahead but further action will be called.

Complete lottery

Unite regional officer Clare Keogh said: “The strike action will make parking in Ealing a complete lottery and will undoubtedly cause widespread disruption on the borough’s streets.

 “This strike is directly a result of the high handed and uncaring action of Serco.

 “Strike action is always taken as a last resort and our members have been left with no option.

 “Resolving this dispute is entirely in Serco’s hands, the company has have the opportunity at talks this week to remove the immediate threat of redundancies and finally to enter into meaningful negotiations to resolve this dispute.”

ENDS

Notes to editors:

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For more information please contact Unite senior communications officer Barckley Sumner on 020 3371 2067 or 07802 329235.

Email: barckley.sumner@unitetheunion.org

Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.