The city of Hamilton has fired 29 public works employees for neglect of duty.
Another two workers have been suspended without pay for 30 days.
It follows an investigation into various offences including altering time sheets and selling asphalt out of the back of city trucks.
Gerry Davis, General Manager of Public Works says the inappropriate behaviour of this group of employees is very disappointing, but he believes it is not reflective of all Public Works staff.
A full investigation into the matter continues.
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Below is the media release from the city of Hamilton:
Update: City of Hamilton personnel matter
HAMILTON, ON - January 28, 2013 - Effective today, 29 City of Hamilton employees had their employment terminated for
neglect of duties, time theft and/or breach of trust and another two employees received 30-day unpaid suspensions.
A full investigation into this matter continues.
"Building trust and confidence in our services is critical to our collective work and we must be diligent in doing our work in an
ethical and responsible way," said City Manager Chris Murray.
"This is an expectation that the community has of us. I believe what has transpired is serious and therefore requires immediate and significant action.
I want to stress this is not a reflection on our entire work force. The vast majority of employees of the City are dedicated public servants, providing essential services to our community."
"We are taking this situation very seriously," said Gerry Davis, General Manager of Public Works.
"The inappropriate behaviour of this group of employees is very disappointing, but it is not reflective of all Public Works staff.
Overall, Public Works is comprised of dedicated and faithful employees who take pride in the work they do to provide the services our community relies on."