I just read an article on the BBC website which caught my eye – which isn’t suprising as it’s headlined “Row over firm’s toilet break rule“.
The issue us that workers aren’t being paid to use the toilet, they have to clock on and off when they want to have a comfort break:
“We have to clock out, take off our wellies, overalls and hairnets, we have to run up stairs, have to come back in get dressed again,” she said.
The factory manufactures (or packages, the article isn’t that clear) food for a major UK supermarket chain so I can understand that it’s awkward trying to preserve health and hygene regulations (hence the 10 minute loo break I guess!) but just because it takes that long (which it has to if all legal obligaitons are to be observed) doesn’t mean that the staff should be penalised surely?
If you think about it, say you went an average of 3 times a day (and remember my maths is really bad so I’m probably going to work this out all wrong):
- Average number of working days per year: 260 (I read that figure somewhere!)
- Number of bog breaks a year: 780 (260 x 3)
- Time spent going to the toilet: 7800 minutes or 130 hours
- Minimum wage:
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