Union bosses hit out at calls for privitisation of rubbish collection

Overflowing communcal bins and uncollected rubbish - Leith
Picture; Jonathan Polling
Overflowing communcal bins and uncollected rubbish - Leith Picture; Jonathan Polling
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UNION bosses have hit out at the council after claims bin men are finishing their shifts up to four hours early - while rubbish piles up on the streets.

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An internal council document leaked to the Evening News said refuse staff are failing to work their contracted hours, bringing the council “into disrepute”.

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It claimed bin men are rushing to complete their routes in order to get home early - leading to “unsafe working practices”.

And it criticised a long-standing working practice known as “task and finish”, which sees bin men go home after completing their usual route, instead of working until the end of their shift.

A council source told the News: “If the bin crews continue to work like this, then the argument for privatisation will become overwhelming.”