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Employees ‘spend a penny’ for going to the loo

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Workers at a Lancashire firm are up in arms about their employer’s toilet break policy after having their pay docked every time they visit the loo.

The workers at Dunbia, a meat processing plant in Sawley, Lancashire, are being forced to take unpaid toilet breaks during work time. Employees are forced to sign in and out when they wish to use the facilities.

The union Unite is representing the workers and has encouraged union members to sign a collective grievance, so far 100 signatures have been obtained, but the company is still refusing to sit down and discuss the matter with their workforce.

The union is adamant that the restrictive toilet policy is putting the health and dignity of workers at risk and would like the company to remove a policy it considers ‘draconian at best’. Their spokesman said: “This is a basic human right and should be paid for in work time.”

Cathy Rudderforth, Unite regional official, said: “Basically, Dunbia is making money every time a worker visits the loo – and that money is coming out of the workers’ wage packets.

“It’s outrageous that in 2009 workers have to endure the indignity of clocking out for toilet breaks.

“We’ve made numerous attempts to speak to Dunbia on behalf of our members in recent weeks, only to be given the ‘run around’ by a company which clearly wishes to avoid any form of challenge to the manner in which it treat its employees.

Dunbia has come under extra criticism as it was recently ranked 16th in a table of best performing privately owned companies in the whole of UK and Northern Ireland with sales of £466.3 million.


Written by Andrew Hodges

November 16, 2009 at 9:33 pm

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