Traffic wardens to strike over pay

London’
local authority traffic wardens are striking over pay this week.

Wardens
in Croydon, Hammersmith, Haringey, Hounslow, Islington, Merton and Tower
Hamlets are striking as part of a campaign to get the London weighting
allowance increase to £4,000 a year.

Local
government employers said councils simply could not afford to meet the union
claim, which they estimate would cost them £250m.

Further
strikes are planned by later this month by finance workers, street cleaners and
environmental health officers as part of a union demand for increases in the
allowance, which currently ranges from about £1,700 to £2,400 a year.

By Quentin Reade

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