Protests continued today for former Belfast traffic wardens after 26 were sacked in April for taking part in unofficial strike action.
Around 30 people were present at today's protest, made up of the sacked workers, supporters from Organise! and representatives from the union representing the workers, the Northern Ireland Public Service Alliance (Nipsa). The protests are now a daily occurrence on May Street in Belfast, where the offices of the employer National Car Parks (NCP) are located.
The wardens, who represented one-third of Belfast's traffic wardens, had taken the wildcat strike action at the start of April over pay and conditions, including issues relating to rotas, uniforms, facilities for workers and sick-pay. Having initially been suspended by bosses, the workers were sacked two weeks later.
In reference to the wildcat action, NCP said that they "have a very good relationship with Trades Unions in Northern Ireland and will continue to work with unions representing their members - but we cannot support illegal action of this kind". It is suspected that NCP had already begun recruitment for replacements before the 26 had been formally sacked.
It is understood that the sacked workers are receiving full strike pay from their union, Nipsa. The workers we spoke to intend to continue their protests against their sacking and to have their various grievances addressed.