Lanarkshire, Scotland, Jan 14, 2019 -- Virgin Media call centre staff have slammed contracts limiting their toilet breaks to two-minutes PER DAY.
Workers at the contact centre site in, Lanarkshire, Scotland, were given the new contracts which outlined "personal time" away from their desks should not take up more than 1% of their shift overall.
For some part-time staff who work a four hour day - that equates to just over two minutes, reports the Daily Record.
One angry worker at the site said: "They handed out this contract to us all to limit the time we spend in the toilet to a maximum of one per cent of our working day.
"For some of the staff that works out at two minutes. We can’t even get to the toilet and back in that time, never mind do anything."
Another disgruntled employee described how toilet breaks have to be officially registered, adding the staff are being treated like "little children".
They said: "You have to log on to this website to register your toilet breaks. They’re treating us like little children who can’t be trusted.
"We’ve been threatened with warnings if we don’t comply."
Last May, the staff contracts changed from Virgin Media to Miami-based company Sitel - although still taking calls from Virgin customers.
The new contract outlines: "Personal time should be kept to a minimum and should range between 0%-1% per day maximum.
"Unless your TM (team manager) has been made aware of any issues that would affect this overall time, then this should not be exceeded."
Labour MP for Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill, said: "This is an outrage. These practices must be urgently investigated and stopped."
Virgin Media said: "We’re aware of these claims and are discussing them with our partners Sitel."
A Sitel spokeswoman said the firm are "responsible" employers who "adhere to all laws and regulations in regards to employment law".
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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Published: Tuesday, January 15, 2019
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