Strictly timed breaks. Warnings if you don’t meet your targets. A fear of using the toilet because of the few seconds of lost productivity it causes.
No, this isn’t a description of unregulated sweat shops in poor countries, nor is it an 18th century mill with a wicked owner. This is the reality of distribution centres in the UK, today, owned by one of the world’s largest companies – Amazon.
Staff at the centre in Staffordshire were so pressed for time they had to operate a “toilet bottle” system to avoid having to take any time away from packing products, according to author James Bloodworth – quoted in the Sun.
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