Traffic warden walk out in York
7:44am 9th July 2012
(Updated 7:45am 9th July 2012)
Traffic Wardens in York have gone on strike.
It's because the council's changing their working week from 4 days to 5.
Under the changes traffic wardens will still work 37 hours a week, but now that'll be over 5 days.
The council claims it's so they can still operate an effective full service, despite cutbacks.
But the warden's aren't happy - so they've walked out for a week.
The authority's warning motorist though that this doesn't mean you can park where ever you want for free.
It says the parking areas will continue to be monitored.
Statement from the City of York Council:
City of York Council has for some time been undergoing a review of its parking services in order to reduce the cost of the service but to ensure a full and effective service is still able to be provided in the city.
In order to make savings and achieve adequate provision it is necessary to change the working patterns of civil enforcement officers from four days a week to five days a week. This involves no reduction or increase in overall hours worked but changing shifts over a five day period does mean that the council can still provide an effective service but at a lower cost.
The council has been working with Unison members and other staff over a number of months to implement these changes and to do so by minimising disruption to staff. Throughout this process the council has looked closely at the practice in other authorities.
Sally Burns, Director of Communities and Neighbourhoods, said:
“We are extremely disappointed that Unison feel it is necessary to take this action and would like to stress that we still would want to work closely with them and the staff concerned to resolve this matter as swiftly as possible.
“I would like to confirm that all car parks in the city will be open and will still be monitored during this action. The council car parking hotline – 0800 138 1119 will also still be in operation if residents have any difficulty with illegal parking in residential areas.”
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