Union bosses hit out at calls for privitisation of rubbish collection

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.

Monday, 5th September 2016, 12:51 pm
Updated Monday, 5th September 2016, 1:59 pm
Overflowing communcal bins and uncollected rubbish - Leith Picture; Jonathan Polling

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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.”