Investigation launched at Sunderland City Council department
City leaders have launched an internal probe into conduct at a key council department.
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.”
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.”