Harlow bin men discuss industrial action at emergency meeting
News / Thu 16th Jan 2020 pm31 08:25pm
REFUSE collectors in Harlow are considering industrial action against their employers after holding an emergency meeting in Harlow this afternoon (Thursday).
The meeting comes following persistent allegations of bullying and harassment in the workplace.
Harlow residents will be aware that there were considerable delays in the collection of refuse over the Christmas and New Year period.
For weeks, there had been rumours that all was not well with the employees and Veoila, who deliver the refuse contract in Harlow.
The deputy leader of the Harlow Conservatives, cllr Joel Charles made direct reference to it in an interview a few weeks ago.
Last Friday, YH interviewed the portfolio holder for waste, cllr Danny Purton. In that interview, we asked him “Is there some form of problem with the manpower, with Veoila, something one wrong with communication or unhappy work place practices that people should know about?”
Cllr Purton replied: “No”.
On Thursday afternoon, dozens of Harlow refuse collectors gathered at the Latton Bush Centre for a meeting with their union delegates, Unison.
We spoke to one of the Harlow employees, Christian Groves about what had driven the bin men and owner to this point.
So, the comments made by councillor Purton appear to be so far from the truth to cause doubts about his future within Harlow Labour party. On the other hand, councillor Charles seems to be far more aware of what's going on with refuse collection and more importantly, he was obviously aware that strike action or disruption was imminent.
Cllr Purton was either ignorant of the facts or was not telling the truth when interviewed last week. Whichever is the case, put together with the feelings expressed by the work force, as the lead councillor on this subject, he should resign.
The refuse collectors do a great job in all weathers and I have never had cause to complain. Veolia management need to learn that a happy workforce is a productive workforce. The Labour Group of councillors need to get off the fence and unequivocally support the workers or have I misinterpreted the purpose of the Labour Party?