Parking attendants in Brighton and Hove have voted unanimously to go on strike in a pay dispute with the contractor NSL, formerly part of NCP.
The GMB union announced the result of the ballot of 70 staff yesterday (Friday 27 November).
The union said that shoppers could well enjoy free parking in the run up to Christmas unless NSL made a better offer.
Officers from the union are due to meet the 70 staff and their workplace representatives to discuss the results of the official ballot. They will also plan dates for strike action if NSL fails to improve its 1.5 per cent offer.
GMB regional officer Anne Chandler said: “These parking attendants in Brighton and Hove, lower-paid workers with not great terms and conditions who work in all weathers and are subject to a lot of abuse, are determined to get a better deal from NSL Ltd and ultimately from Brighton and Hove City Council.
“There was an overwhelming turnout of the staff in the ballot and the vote for action was unanimous.
“The action will take place unless NSL Ltd offers the 4 per cent increase the members seek.
“I think there is every chance of days of free parking in Brighton and Hove later next month if NSL Ltd does not substantially improve the pay offer.”