City of Sydney accused of ‘bullying’ parking attendants to issue more fines despite bringing in $36 million in revenue in one year
- Sydney city parking attendants are reportedly being bullied and harassed
- Leaked email claims rangers are under pressure to increase parking fines
- Sydney City spokesperson has denied assault allegations
Park rangers would be bullied and harassed into handing out more fines.
A leaked e-mail from the City of Sydney City Clerk reveals that parking attendants feel they are under constant threat and pressure to increase the speed with which they issue parking tickets.
“No account is taken of the rangers … (the City of Sydney) who choose to bully and harass (rangers) in order to produce higher numbers and expectations,” it was claimed in the email seen by The Daily Telegraph†
A leaked email from an employee states that the city of Sydney is constantly threatening and pressuring its parking attendants (pictured) to increase the number of fines they issue
“The rangers are not taken into account… (the City of Sydney) chooses to bully and harass (rangers) to produce higher numbers and expectations,” the email read (photo, parking ticket)
The employee, who is believed to be resigning from the council, claimed she witnessed Sydney City staff ‘spying’ the rangers while they were on duty.
It was also alleged that council workers told the ranger it was ‘part of the job’ as workers reported an increase in abuse by members of the public during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The woman also noted that “rangers are constant” [being] micromanaged over the number of PINs (fines) they bring in, whether it’s 10 or 20 or 30′.
‘How do you gain respect from your employees if you are constantly threatening them and their jobs?’ added the ranger.
The woman also noted that ‘rangers (pictured) are constantly being micromanaged over the number of PINs (fines) they bring in, whether it’s 10 or 20 or 30’
City of Sydney earned $36.26 million in parking fines in the 2020-2021 fiscal year.
A spokeswoman for the City of Sydney denied the content of the allegations, saying in a statement that the park rangers are “not being targeted on reports of parking violations.”
“Like employees in any service organization, city guards have work plans that reflect the different tasks they perform each day,” the woman added.
‘City of Sydney takes bullying and harassment seriously and has procedures in place to deal with these matters.’
City of Sydney earned $36.26 million in parking fines in fiscal year 2020-2021 (photo, ranger issuing fine)
In the email sent by the parking attendant, she claimed that “the unit’s morale has plummeted due to the continued harassment and intimidation…over the years” (photo, ranger handing out a fine)
In the email sent by the parking attendant, she claimed that “the unit’s morale plummeted with the constant bullying and harassment…”.
“Over the years, rangers have been deployed under all the extreme conditions such as wildfire smoke, dust storms, torrential downpours and Covid lockdowns.”
The woman also claimed in the email that the rangers got “nothing” when they asked for “little things” such as water in extreme heat.