GMB union regional organiser Gareth Morgans
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Council-owned company criticised over employment practices

A company owned by Rhondda Cynon Taf council has been criticised by a union over its employment practices.

The GMB union said agency staff at Amgen Cymru, an arm's-length waste management company, were sent home at short notice without a full day's pay.

It said the agency, Smart Solutions Ltd, paid employees via a third party.

The agency said it had changed the way it paid staff, but it had always complied with statutory requirements.

Amgen Cymru's waste and recycling plant at Bryn Pica, near Aberdare, provides services for Rhondda Cynon Taf council and other authorities.

It operates as a separate legal entity to the council, but does have two council employees as its board of directors.

Paul Heaney reports.

  • 06 Sep 2016