BOSSES are using a “loopy loo loophole” to deny toilet breaks to retail workers, Usdaw conference heard yesterday.
The conference overwhelmingly passed a motion branding it “ridiculous” that employers must provide decent lavs but “there is no clear right” for workers to be able to use them.
Proposer Michelle Griffiths, from northwest England, said: “Many employers believe loo breaks should take place in workers’ own time.
“This is humiliating. It takes away workers’ dignity at work.”
She said staff holding it in could lead to a raft of health issues including “urinary infections, haemorroids, renal damage and incontinence.”
And she stormed: “Our members are encouraged to regularly drink water due to voice strain, and yet discouraged to go to the toilet.”
Richard Allen, a Tesco banking worker from Glasgow, added: “The use of toilets is not a privilege, it is a necessity.”