Conditions inhumane

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Editor: I have heard, over the years, of the inhumane treatment of a local department store that will not allow the air conditioning to be turned on during the night shift.

Staff must work there in long pants and steel-toed work boots as they are transporting heavy goods to restock shelves.

Can you imagine, in this heat, being forced to have to work in those conditions? Staff are told that the air conditioning is for the customers.

Meanwhile they work, usually for a short time as many quit because of the discomfort, and new staff don’t stay either once they get a taste of the treatment.

Just ask around, see if the spot where you are shopping has night staff who restock shelves. If so, do they have to suffer Third World discomfort? They may be used to it in those Third World countries but I cannot believe any local concern treating its staff like that. But it’s happening, locally. Check it out.

Joanne Lord MacLeod,

Charlottetown

Geographic location: Charlottetown

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