Having access to clean washroom facilities at your job might cause you to appreciate it a lot more after hearing this bit about the predicament which bus conductors in Thailand is faced with .
Can you imagine what you would do if your boss right here in Canada informed you that washroom breaks will no longer be tolerated and that you were from henceforth required to wear adult diapers to work in order to cut the trips to the John?
We usually take common things like toilet breaks for granted but might you for one minute close your eyes and envision a Mississauga Transit bus or a TTC bus in Toronto with a bus driver wearing an adult diaper on the job just because company policy prohibits him / her from hopping over to a Timmy’s to answer to one of mother nature’s vital calls.
Well, word out is that in several parts of Thailand – blue-collar workers aren’t even provided with basic amenities and that bus conductors have it the worst way, without any work breaks to tend to their physiological needs they have to wait to exhale or they have to wear adult diapers all day long. It’s no laughing matter and those dirty adult diapers are actually making them sick.
Consider Watcharee Viriya, a conductor who developed urinary tract infection because she spent several hours away from a restroom, she started wearing adult diapers, which only made matters worse for her. “It was uncomfortable when I moved, especially when I urinated inside,” she said. “When I arrived at the bus terminal, I had to run to get changed. I used at least two diapers a day.” Watcharee was recently diagnosed with cancer of the uterus, for which she needs to undergo surgery. “The doctor told me that it was because of wearing dirty diapers and the substances from them going into the uterus.” According to a survey conducted by the Thai Women and Men Progressive Movement Foundation, 28 per cent of female bus conductors wear diapers during their 16-hour shifts.
“We were shocked,” said Jaded Chouwilai, director of the foundation. “We also found that many of them suffer from urinary tract infections and stones in their bladders and many of the female bus conductors also have uterus cancer.”
Problems like these and many other factors have actually resulted in a complex political crisis in the nation, leading to a military coup on May 22. Thankfully, Bangkok’s bus conductors and unionists are starting to demand better working conditions. “Their working conditions are not good,” said Chutima Boonjai, secretary of the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority labor union. “They have to work long hours in the heat and when they are hungry, they cannot eat. When they want to go to the toilet, they cannot.” Chutima is now demanding that more toilets be placed along bus routes and at bus terminals.
This sounds like a good start to improve the working conditions of these transit workers in Thailand who are forced to wear adult diapers not because of a pre-existing medical condition but because of inhumane job circumstances.
Leave a comment and let us know what recourse these workers have.