GMB Urges Council To Re-Think ‘Unworkable’ City Centre Parking Charges
GMB Scotland has today (Tuesday 25 June) called on Glasgow City Council to think again over its plans for Sunday parking charges across the city centre, warning the ‘unworkable’ policy could lead to industrial action among staff in the City Parking service.
New rules are due to be introduced this Sunday 30 June bringing parking charges into line with standard Monday to Saturday parking, meaning drivers will be asked to pay £1 for every fifteen minutes.
However, the council's attempts to impose Sunday working changes on staff in the City Parking ALEO from one in eight weeks to one in three weeks has triggered a consultative ballot of GMB members to gauge support for industrial action against the plan.
The ballot will run until Monday 1 July and already has overwhelming support from membership.
GMB Scotland Organiser Rhea Wolfson said: “The charge is due to come into force this Sunday but council have no signage in place for public awareness and no staff to enforce it – the process has been a shambles.
“Our members are clear that they will not be bulldozed into increased Sunday working by council imposition nor will they attempt to enforce new charges without the proper infrastructure in place.
“That’s why we are undertaking a consultative ballot and unless the council engages meaningfully with our members over any changes to their terms and conditions then they run the risk of industrial action in the service.
“There is little public or business support for these charges and there is anger among City Parking staff over how the council plan to deliver enforcement. Quite clearly, this plan is unworkable and the council needs to think again.”
Contact: GMB Scotland Organiser Rhea Wolfson on 07850 575023 or Peter Welsh, GMB Scotland Communications, on 07976 447077.