Harlow Council leader and unions call for Veoila managers to be suspended over bullying row
News / Mon 20th Jan 2020 at 02:03pm
THE regional representative for Unison, Caroline Hennessey, met with the Leader of Harlow Council, Mark Ingall and the Portfolio Holder for the Environment, Danny Purton at the Council offices today. The result of this meeting was the following strong message of support for the refuse collection crews and an insistence that Veolia take the steps necessary to deal with the situation.
In a joint statement, Councillor Ingall and Caroline Hennessey said: “Bullying in the workplace is a serious issue and people that become aware of it have a duty to act to stop it. Veolia is a private company and it is therefore its responsibility to resolve issues with its workforce. We have heard that some refuse collection crews were fearful about confronting the management of Veolia with their grievances and so they understandably sought outside help.
It is disappointing that the individual confided in did not immediately pass the serious nature of the information onto either Unison or the Council so that robust action could be taken. Harlow’s Labour Councillors fully support workers acting collectively through their union to resolve grievances, to ensure health and safety standards are being met and to end bullying.
“While Veolia is a private company, it is contracted to Harlow District Council and as such is in receipt of Council Taxpayers’ money. Ultimately it is the residents of Harlow who are Veolia’s customers and they are right to expect the Council to intervene and insist that Veolia acts swiftly and effectively to deal with all the issues raised.
“Unison and Harlow Labour Councillors believe that in a situation where serious allegations of bullying have been made against two managers, the only appropriate action is for those managers to be suspended until a proper process has been followed and a full and fair investigation has been carried out.”
Strange that the Tory group new about the shenanigans going on involving the refuse collection, but, Cllr Purton was prepared to deny any knowledge of these events. Categorically.