date: 19 February 2003
embargo: 00.01hrs Friday 21 February 2003
The TUC is launching a campaign today (Friday) to force Britains bosses to treat their workers with respect and provide them with the right to paid time off to spend a penny.
The TUC sets out its
s Gotta go campaign in the Spring issue of the TUC-backed health and safety magazine Hazards www.hazards.org/toiletbreaks In the article, the TUC draws attention to a legal loophole which says that Britains bosses have got to provide lavatories for their staff, but dont have to let them go when they want.
The TUC wants workers to have the right to go on paid time, without the loss of any wages. Peeing is not a privilege says the TUC, and notes that some employers are working their staff so hard that they dont even have the time to visit the gents or the ladies. A 2002 survey found that 54% of British workers were too busy to take toilet breaks and a quarter of those questioned said that the poor condition of workplace loos put them off going.
Under UK health and safety regulations, employers have got to provide suitable, sufficient, clean, accessible, adequately ventilated and well lit conveniences. There must be enough toilets to allow everyone at work to use them without undue delay, especially if there are a number of workers who start, lunch and finish at the same time.
To help workers find out more about their bathroom rights, the TUC has answered some commonly asked questions on www.worksmart.org.uk - its world of work website - such as: My workplace washroom is filthy - shouldnt my employer keep it in a better state? Does my employer have to provide separate male and female loos? Is my employer allowed to dock my pay for taking loo breaks?
TUC General Secretary Elect Brendan Barber said: 'Its incredible to think that in the twenty first century, workers are still being penalised for going to the loo. Employers clinging to Dickensian bathroom break policies should understand that if they trusted and respected their staff, and treated them as adults, not naughty children, they would end up with a healthier, better motivated, more productive workforce.'
The TUC wants workers to send in their loo break woes to draw attention to the problem, and shame bad bosses into providing better toilet breaks. Examples of disrespect can be sent by email to email@example.com or posted to 'Got to Go' at TUC, Congress House, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3LS.
The TUC campaign has a number of case studies to highlight the crazy khazi situation in many UK workplaces:
The TUCs Gotta go campaign is calling for:
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Press release (1,000 words) issued 21 Feb 2003
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