Unison hits out at Nottingham WPL
01 April 2011
Members of Unison have slammed Nottingham City Council for its plan to charge its employees for parking.
The council claimed the charges, expected to be at least £1 per day, will be proportionate to staff wages but, according to the Nottingham Post, Unison branded the plan "disgraceful".
The workplace parking charge is set to be introduced next month, ahead of the Workplace Parking Levy.
Jean Thorpe, Nottingham branch chairwoman of Unison, said: "The charge means a 2.1% pay cut. Members are up in arms about this. It is disgraceful. The facility to park should be freely available to staff."
Thorpe said many employees had to drive to work because of their personal situations while others started work from 5am, before the bus services started.
She added that the issue would be included on ballots sent to city council Unison members.
But Labour city councillor Jane Urquhart, portfolio holder for transport, argued that charging council staff for parking was a fair way to pass on the levy charge and would raise money for transport projects such as the tram extension.
From April 2012 the city council plans to charge businesses £279 per parking space in Nottingham.
Conservative city councillor Andrew Price branded the levy "a tax on jobs" that could pull business out of Nottingham.
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