Who Doesn't Get to Go?

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Who Doesn't Get to Go?

Post by Fred »

Are you looking for a new scenario for a desperation story? I ran into a lengthy article about workers who have limited opportunities for relief, and it includes a list of those workers:


Give us a break!

You are an adult. You go to work, you do your job. You'd think that going to the loo when you needed to would be part of the deal. Unfortunately, for most workers it is not that simple. Dickensian bathroom break policies, aided by a loo breaks loophole in the law, is putting the health and dignity of Britain's workers at risk.

Britain's bad bosses have a dirty secret. They don't think you deserve the right to choose when you need to go to the loo. They don't think toilet breaks should be on the clock. They don't trust you behind closed doors, so they spy on their washrooms. They work you so hard there's no time for breaks.

Sometimes bad management means you can't go; sometimes bad facilities mean you won't go.

A November 2002 poll of more than 1,000 staff found over half (54 per cent) of British workers are too busy to take toilet breaks. The Ex-Lax sponsored research also found 1 in 4 were put off by the condition of workplace bathrooms, with almost 1 in 4 (18 per cent) saying there was not enough privacy.

For many others though, it's not a case of "won't go". They work in "can't go" workplaces where the management's penny-pinching Lavatory Lieutenants slam the lid on toilet breaks.

Who doesn't get to go?
• Office workers
• Transport workers 
• Professional drivers 
• Retail staff 
• Enforcement officers - eg. police, traffic wardens
• Nurses and other hospital staff 
• Call centres and telesales staff 
• Construction workers 
• Factory workers 
• Casino workers 
• Bar, restaurant and hospitality staff 
• Teachers 
• Farm workers
• Peripatetic workers - eg. Mobile library staff
• Security workers
• Radio operators in emergency control rooms
• Tower crane operators
• Rail infrastructure workers
• Postal workers
• School librarians
• Housing department concierge staff
• Support workers
• Immigration officers
• Firefighters
• Refuse collection workers
• Telephonists
• Factory production operatives
• Gas maintenance engineers
• Frontline ambulance staff
• Civil enforcment officers (Traffic wardens)
• Dental nurses
• College lecturers 
• Road workers
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