Refuse workers are accusing the Orihuela City Council of breaching their employment agreement by refusing to allow them to work during the recent public holidays, in order to save money.
Despite reporting for work in the early hours of Sunday and Monday mornings they were unable to carry out their work because the premises in the Industrial Complex Puente Alto, where the equipment is garaged, was locked up.
According to a number of the employees, when they went to collect the refuse vehicles the site was secured. On calling their manager they were told they could not work because it was a public holiday.
Sources told this newspaper that the City Council adopted the measure in order to save money, in order that employees would not have to be paid double time.
The employees said they were very angry at what had happened, especially when they were told they were not allowed to take the machinery under the threat of being punished. They have now asked for an immediate appointment with the government team as they say they will also face the same situation next Easter Monday.
The refuse collection workforce is now the responsibility of the City, who are presently negotiating a new collective agreement as the current contract expires in the coming months.
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