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Rubbish collectors sacked 'for going extra mile'

Refuse collectors are to be balloted for industrial action over the sacking of four colleagues for allegedly taking away "excess" waste.

Unite said 120 of its members at Conservative-controlled Bromley Council in south-east London will start voting on Monday.

The four, employed by contractors Veolia, were sacked over claims they removed excess garden waste for cash.

Unite said the allegation has since been proved to be false.

'Extra mile'

Regional officer Onay Kasab said: "We now have it on record that the four were sacked for simply taking away garden rubbish at the request of a resident.

"Veolia should be ashamed of the way it has treated these men who have effectively been sacked for going the extra mile to help Bromley residents.

"Their actions risk causing needless disruption and inconvenience to the people of Bromley."

A Veolia Environmental Services spokesman said: "We have been issued with a seven-day ballot notice in Bromley.

"This does not necessarily mean industrial action will be taken and we will continue to work closely with Unite, maintaining open dialogue and consultation."

The ballot result will be known on 27 November.

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