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Yorkshire ports struggling to keep staff due to failed drugs tests

The owners of Humber ports have struggled to keep some staff because of the amount failing drugs tests, councillors have heard.

Associated British Ports’ (ABP) Dafydd Williams told East Riding councillors seven out of 10 new staff who took a drugs test had to be let go for failing it. He added the number of those failing was causing problems filling roles at the lower end of the organisation.

It comes as Mr Williams also told the council’s safer and stronger communities sub-committee filling some higher roles was also challenging because of people’s reluctance to relocate to the area. He added ABP had had success progressing their own staff up into higher roles and tended to keep people once they joined.

Mr Williams said: “Recruitment is a mixed picture, at the lower end we generally don’t have problems getting applicants but more with getting the people who are eligible to do the work. We do pre-screening drugs and alcohol tests and random ones in work. The pre-screening process has caused a number of issues, in Hull 10 new people took the test and seven failed it.

Seven out of 10 new recruits in Hull failed their drugs tests, a council was told

“We have a zero tolerance to drugs, if you’re caught its an instant dismissal. That’s because people are operating machinery and all the rest of it so they need to be in the right physical condition. We don’t have a problem with attracting people, the problem is the testing. Recruiting at the higher end is also a problem in this part of the world, attracting people to come and live here is a challenge.

“We try to grow our own and we’re quite good at keeping people.”

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