North East Wales

Flintshire council Greenfield depot workers suspended

Eight workers at a Flintshire council depot have been suspended while an investigation is held into the alleged misuse of local authority vehicles.

The men were suspended on Friday from their jobs at the council's Canton depot in Greenfield, near Holywell.

Ren Davies of the Ucatt union said five of its members were among those suspended and he was confident they would be reinstated.

Flintshire council would not comment other than to confirm the suspensions.

The depot involved handles housing repairs and building maintenance and it is understood about 100 people are employed there.

Mr Davies, regional officer for the building workers' union, said: "An investigation is taking place and the union will be playing an active part in that investigation.

"I'm confident that once it's completed, the men will be reinstated."

He said the union was concerned about certain "legislative aspects" of the council's policies and these would be taken up with council officials during the investigation.

A council spokesman said: "We can confirm that a number of council staff have been suspended without prejudice pending an internal investigation into a number of operational issues.

"It would be inappropriate to comment further."

Two years ago Flintshire council introduced satellite tracking technology to monitor the movement of its vehicles.

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