Investigation launched at Sunderland City Council department

City leaders have launched an internal probe into conduct at a key council department.

Monday, 15th February 2021, 12:53 pm
Sunderland Civic Centre, the HQ of Sunderland City Council

A number of workers are understood to have stepped away from duties while an investigation examines the workings of environmental services at Sunderland City Council

A spokesman for the Sunderland branch of Unite the Union, said it welcomed the investigation being carried out by Sunderland City Council.

The statement read: “It is essential that an independent investigation takes place to address the issues raised by current and former employees within the Environmental Services area of Sunderland City Council.”

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While some workers are currently away from their roles while the probe is ongoing, it has not been confirmed whether or not this is on a voluntary basis.

Among the responsibilities of the environmental services department are:

:: Waste collection and recycling

:: Removal and clean-up of fly-tipping and graffiti

:: Grass cutting and weed clearance

A city council spokesman said: “The City Council takes workforce issues very seriously and a small number of employees are currently away from work while an investigation takes place.

“It would be inappropriate to comment further at this stage.”

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