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Harlow Conservatives back local bin men in growing 
industrial dispute

News / Fri 17th Jan 2020 am31 09:00am

Harlow Conservatives back local bin men in growing 
industrial dispute

NEW revelations about allegations of intimidation and workplace bullying have come to light in a row about the council’s waste contract which has local bin men to consider industrial action.

Labour-run Harlow Council faces serious questions about why it appears to have failed to intervene when the authority was made aware of a serious breakdown in workplace relationships at Veolia Harlow claims the Harlow Conservatives.

Cllr Danny Purton, the Harlow Council Portfolio Holder responsible for the town’s bin collections, was asked directly by Your Harlow if there were any workplace issues at Veolia Harlow – he said unequivocally “no”. Local bin men have now accused Cllr Purton of being “a liar”. The council must explain why it failed to help our dedicated and hard-working local bin men.

Concerns about the workplace culture at Veolia Harlow were first raised by Cllr Joel Charles, Deputy Leader of the Conservative Group on Harlow Council, who has called into question the real reasons for an increasing number of missed bin collections in Harlow since the new year.

Cllr Andrew Johnson, Leader of the Conservative group on Harlow Council, said:

“Harlow Conservatives stand shoulder to shoulder with our bin men who claim they have been bullied and intimidated by the management at Veolia Harlow.

“It is deeply concerning that Harlow Council knew about the growing unrest and failed to intervene to support our bin men. Cllr Purton claimed there was no workplace issues at Veolia Harlow but there have been rumours for some time in the council that there are problems. Was he trying to cover up serious allegations of workplace intimidation?

“While our bin men rightly pursue their dispute with the management of Veolia Harlow, the council must agree urgent contingency measures to ensure residents waste is collected in anticipation of any future industrial action. Labour-run Harlow Council should no longer ignore this dispute and work constructively with all parties to ensure our bin men are able to work in a professional environment.”

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