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Council bosses deny "chaos" claim during wardens' strike
2:50pm Thursday 12th July 2012 in News
COUNCIL bosses have denied a union’s claims that a seven-day traffic wardens’ strike in the city is costing them money and leading to complaints from residents.
Most of the authority’s civil enforcement officers were today staging their fourth day of industrial action over changes to their work patterns which will see them move from a four-day to a five-day week to save money, with Unison saying this will lead to sickness and stress levels rising.
The union said the strike had already led to the council losing revenue and caused parking “chaos” in York, but Sally Burns, the authority’s director of communities and neighbourhoods, said its parking hotline was still operating for illegal parking to be reported and operators were seeing “fewer than usual calls”.
The council has also said York’s car parks are open as usual and parking on double-yellow lines was being monitored. Unison had said the strike had led to parking rules in the city not being enforced and motorists were trying to get away without paying to park.