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TICKET ONLY Traffic cops plan a week-long strike over pay cuts

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HARD-harassed motorists are finally getting a break – traffic cops are on strike for a week.

The council’s civilian law enforcement officials want to scuttle a proposed 10 percent pay cut.

This means there will be no unlawful parking fines and no council parking charges across Wiltshire – costing the authority up to £30,000 a day.

The General, Municipal and Boilermakers union called the seven-day strike from June 30 to July 6 after two walkouts last month.

The council aims to save £800,000 by withdrawing contractual payments for unsocial hours from nearly 350 staff, including social workers and carers.

GMB’s Keith Roberts said: “Council agreed to talks but they have twice backed out of agreed dates.

“Meanwhile, in the midst of a livelihood crisis, our members are threatened with a huge pay cut.

“This affects their well-being and some are sick with stress.

Council Chief Executive Terence Herbert said: “We have worked with ACAS to find a date that is convenient for the Council, GMB and ACAS and we are committed to holding these discussions at a time when all parties can participate.”

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