Business minister vows to meet Robert Halfon over bullying allegation

ROBERT Halfon MP raised his concerns, again, in Parliament, about the alleged bullying and harassment of Harlow’s waste operatives, by senior managers of the waste operative company, Veolia.

In a question to Business Minister, Kelly Tolhurst MP, Robert Halfon said, “hard-working Harlow bin men and women have been harassed and bullied in a pretty shocking way by Veolia management over many months.”

He asked the Minister to “launch an inquiry into what has been going on” and further called on the Government to “ensure that guidance is given to local councils throughout the country to stop any new contracts with Veolia until it stops bullying and harassing its workforce.”

The Minister responded by confirming that she will meet with Robert to discuss the details of the situation.

Last week, Robert met with waste operatives in Harlow to discuss their concerns. Since learning of the issues, he has written to the CEO of Veolia and had conversations with Veolia Head Office, tabled Parliamentary motions and raised a point of order in the House of Commons.

Mr Halfon commented: “There have been significant allegations of bullying, harassment, ill-treatment of workers, lack of training, poor management and all-round misery in the workplace for our hard-working bin men.

“This is shameful and Veolia must take extremely swift action to resolve this.

“I will continue to raise this in Parliament and do everything I can to ensure that our hard-working bin men are treated with the respect that they deserve.”

It is also alleged that the Labour-run Harlow Council, knew about the situation with the bin men, last year but failed to act.

A Veolia spokesperson wrote to Robert and said: “I can confirm we take all allegations of intimidation extremely seriously and these are now being actively and thoroughly investigated in line with our robust procedures.

“We have spoken to representatives of the trade unions and the workforce and the investigation is now continuing as a matter of urgency.

“We are listening to your concerns and now ask that you give us appropriate time and space to ensure that the investigation can be conducted thoroughly.”

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