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DEPOT DRAMA: Former Three Rivers depot employees come forward with further allegations

 Published on: 15th December 2023   |   By: Annabel Stock   |   Category: Uncategorized

Since Chorleywood News last reported on allegations of corruption and mismanagement at the Three Rivers Waste depot, which operates services in Chorleywood, two more former employees have come forward.

One of the former employees worked at the depot for four years as a heavy goods vehicle driver.

While out on his rounds, a dog ran in front of his lorry and was sadly killed. Shaken up and upset, the driver says he was forced to work the rest of his round. Despite being told he did not need to register the incident, he was then allegedly berated the following day for not doing so.

This same employee claimed that during five days in which he was very ill with flu, the office allegedly called every day to ask when he would be returning. He was then shocked to find his pay had been deducted. Whilst this was eventually renumerated, he says it caused a great deal of stress.

Another former employee has spoken of an incident of bullying in which staff allegedly put a baby seat in the lorry of an employee to mock his short stature.

The former employee, who worked at the depot for 10 years, believes that people with little to no managerial experience or relevant qualifications were recruited to managerial positions.

It was also alleged that depot staff would spy on a homeless person who often pitched up a tent in Rickmansworth Aquadrome. They would allegedly taunt him by removing his belongings, causing him confusion and distress.

A Three Rivers District Council spokesperson said: “The council takes any allegations of this nature extremely seriously and investigates them. These allegations relate to internal HR matters and therefore no further public comment can be provided. In line with our internal and customer facing policies, the council openly encourages and has always encouraged anyone, including staff, to report any such allegations directly so that they can be properly investigated.”

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