THREE South Tyneside Council binmen have been sacked following an internal probe into allegations of drinking of alcohol while out on their round.
Two bin operatives have been dismissed.
The individuals concerned have been subject to the council’s disciplinary procedure but there remains a right of appeal.South Tyneside Council
A third worker, the driver of the bin wagon, has also been removed from his role as a supervisor, although there is no suggestion that he had consumed alcohol.
All three employees have now launched appeals against their sackings.
The alleged incident happened on Saturday, December 27.
The outcome of the appeal may not be known for another two months.
While that process is ongoing, the three workers are no longer being paid by the local authority, a council spokesman confirmed today.
Council bosses in the borough had originally suspended the three men over the alleged incident.
Today it was confirmed that none of the offences investigated related to any driving offences.
The two bin operatives were said to be under the influence of alcohol on the day of the incident.
The supervisor has been disciplined for a failure to take action in regard to halting the alleged actions of the operatives.
A council spokeswoman: “The individuals concerned have been subject to the council’s disciplinary procedure but there remains a right of appeal.
“Until this has concluded it would be difficult to comment further.”
The specific route the bin lorry took on the day in question has not been disclosed.