Never mind the ambulance crews and the nurses, how will we manage without these dedicated public servants? I shall always treasure the memory of getting a ticket outside my own home because resident parking had been craftily suspended the day before and I hadn't noticed. Or the time I got a ticket while I was looking for a machine that worked, in the days when they took change.
Davey Harris ● 42d10 Comments
Personally, I have more sympathy with parking attendants who are, after all, just implementing lawful restrictions (which can always be appealed) rather than SERCO who reap billions from taxpayers who have decided and repeatedly voted in support of outsourcing.
Stewart Jones ● 40d
Serco employ the traffic wardens. See https://chiswickcalendar.co.uk/parking-wardens-in-lb-hounslow-on-strike-for-one-month/ No doubt there is some negotiation happening between the Council and SERCO as to increasing the value of the contract in order to pay the wardens more and SERCO trying to protect their profit margins.Strike or not, wardens are out and about. There is a parking restriction on my road so Cadent can dig up the gas mains. Two cars ticketed today.
David McLoughlin ● 40d
That seems very harsh Elle. They actually seem to me a very cunning bunch. I observed them one morning emerging from their base behind the Town Hall and noticed that they immediately headed for spots where the parking requirements were confusing including the trap where two different tickets prices apply on Heathfield Terrace.As far as I can observe they are very effective in maximising the number of tickets they issue by focusing on spots were inadvertent failure to display the right ticket or pay the right amount is commonplace.The notion that anti-social parking will rise when they are not working may be misplaced because they will only deal with that when they come across it not actively seek it out.Hounslow Council appear not to have written anything in to the contract to avoid enforcement being about anything else other than revenue maximisation. Ealing are dealing with this by bringing enforcement in-house and this will allow the parking attendants to be directed, for instance, to schools were drop off and pick up are creating issues. This would not necessarily be to issue tickets but to increase safety.Given how poorly these guys are paid, particularly the daily grief they receive, and how much revenue they bring in, I'm amazed Hounslow Council didn't give them what they asked for. The extra cost is unlikely to be bigger than the lost revenue.
Jeremy Parkinson ● 40d
They are all a bunch of robotic idiots who most likely don't even know what they are striking about.
Elle Jones ● 41d
We may love to hate these people but I betcha on the day they go on strike you're gonna see some seriously daft parking.
Stephen Gould ● 41d
nounsuspension or discharge of a worker or workers on account of economic conditions or shortage of work, especially when temporary."half of employers say they will put the majority of their staff on furlough"verbsuspend or discharge (a worker) from a job, especially temporarily, on account of economic conditions or shortage of work."the company temporarily shuttered two plants and furloughed 8,100 workers"
Vanessa Smith ● 41d
Often wonder whether all those furloughed civil servants choosing to work from home would picket outside their own homes should they go on strike.
Denis I. Fox ● 41d