Regent's Park Gardeners Win Dispute After Historic Strike

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Award-winning gardeners win same pay as workers in other parks, says GMB Union

GMB members employed as Regent’s Park gardeners have won their dispute after a historic strike. 

Workers, employed by private contractor Idverde, have today [Thursday] agreed to accept new pay rates which give them parity with workers the other Royal Parks. 

Regent’s Parl gardeners downed tools last month and were due to strike again this week when Idverde agreed to pay them the same rates and back date their pay. 

Anna Lee, GMB Organiser, said: 

"GMB members can be proud of what they have achieved.  

“This was the first time there has been industrial action at Regent’s Park  - all they were asking for was the same pay as the gardeners in the other parks. 

“We are pleased Idverde finally recognised this. 

“These gardeners are highly skilled, qualified staff who have won many awards over the years.  

“When they took industrial action in February they received massive public support because the people value Regent’s Park and those who work to create these wonderful gardens. 

“We now hope Idverde and the Royal Parks will ensure the staff receive the financial rewards they deserve and give the staff fair and just pay rises.”