Prat Nav

The Times reports that “Officials will fit sensor equipment to Birmingham’s fleet of 70 dustcarts so they can pinpoint their location every minute of the working day.”

The paper claims that this is because the binmen are “taking unauthorised breaks”, which is probably not the whole story – it might have more to do with efficiencies of routes and planing and that.

But as an aside, it’s possible that it’s to track the workers. Gone are the days when workers would be trusted to do their jobs without ‘tagging’, it would seem. Perhaps if workers weren’t outsourced, messed around and were safe in their jobs this sort of monitoring wouldn’t be necessary (but that’s just a personal rant, so please ignore).

1 comment for “Prat Nav

  1. Pete Ashton
    4 August 2007 at 4:21 pm

    This makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. Binmen work on a task-and-finish basis, in that they get paid for eight hours regardless of when they finish. Therefore they never take breaks preferring to knock off as soon as possible.

    If this has changed and they’re now expected to work solidly for eight hours then it’s no wonder they’re slacking off. But I suspect it’s more about route planning.

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