This photo shows members of the Unite union protesting this morning opposite the building out of which Ealingâ€™s CEOs (traffic wardens in old money) operate. They are in dispute with their employer (NSL, not the council) over the alleged unfair dismissal of CEO and Unite shop steward Parveen Bhardwaj.
I was very surprised to see this story on ealingtoday.co.uk this morning. In half an hour of talking to at least five of the staff on strike not one mentioned quotas. Their issues were that they felt that NSL was taking a hard line with staff on the old terms and conditions which they enjoy following their transfer under TUPE legislation from employment by the council. I fear that ealingtoday.co.ukâ€™s one woman band, Annemarie Flanagan, has only told the headline worthy half of the story.
Unite regional officer Richard Gates told me that 59 out of 94 staff are Unite members and therefore out on strike today and tomorrow. This means there will be less traffic enforcement in the borough but there will be some so behave out there.