December 8 2013 Latest news:
Monday, August 19, 2013
As a public sector union says workers who spend their day outside are facing increasing problems finding a toilet, we are asking whether our towns and villages have enough public conveniences.
Unison has said government spending cuts have led to many facilities being closed, a new report has warned, and transport workers, postmen and women, police community support officers and refuse collectors are among those affected.
Heather Wakefield, Unison’s head of local government, said: “There are significant differences between the number of toilets in each local authority. Government cuts to council budgets have led to many closing facilities, leaving many areas without public toilets. For mobile workers, finding a toilet while on the move is a daily problem.
“The idea that you can just go into a shop or restaurant and ask to use the toilets is just not on. Some are helpful - particularly to those in uniform - but many times people are met with a sign saying ‘Customers only’. It is embarrassing.”
The union has also highlighted difficulties faced by call centre workers having access to toilets, or being given enough time to use them.
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