The Labour Group is becoming increasingly concerned about the Amey workforce delivering the waste collection contract for both Northampton Borough Council and Daventry District Council.
The Leader of the Labour Group has been contacted by workers, who have highlighted several issues which are as follows -
- Pressure on front line workers to work longer and harder.
- Reduction in the number of vehicles.
- Pressure meaning corners are being cut.
- The number of accidents is increasing.
- The number of serious accidents are all too frequent
- High turnover of staff.
- Lack of gloves and other Personal Protection Equipment.
Cllr Danielle Stone said:
“I have been contacted by concerned employees working on the waste collection contract. I am disturbed to hear the issues that have been highlighted to me. It is clear that the workforce is under increasing strain and being expected to do more for less. An immediate worry is that some employees feel safety is being side-lined for the sake of performance. I have been told that the number of serious accidents is increasingly and supplies of protective equipment are running low. This must be urgently addressed. Safety cannot be compromised.
This is was a bad contract that was designed and set up by Enterprise, Daventry and Northampton Councils and now the workforce are being expected to work miracles to overcome this. All three must make sure the workforce is treated better and given the tools to do the job properly safely."