Tesco is forcing its warehouse workers and drivers to wear electronic armbands that can monitor how hard they’re working. People can be punished if they don’t meet strict targets.
A former Tesco worker says the armbands are used to time every task. If an employee doesn’t work fast enough, they get a bad score and can be hauled in front of management. He says “The guys who made the scores were sweating buckets and throwing stuff around the place.”
Tesco has spent millions of pounds on advertising to overcome its image problems. If we can make sure the outrage over this doesn't die off quickly, then Tesco will feel pressured to respond.
Tell Tesco to stop using electronic armbands to monitor employees.
Tesco admits it is using electronic armbands on its warehouse workers and drivers but claims this is just to cut down on paperwork. But the real story is that these armbands are like Big Brother in the workplace, watching every move a person makes.
Imagine the stress and pressure these armbands create in the men and women forced to wear them in Tesco warehouses every day, worrying that if they slow down for even a few minutes, they will be reprimanded?
Tesco isn’t known for doing business ethically or treating people well. But now it has crossed a line. If we don’t act now, things could get even uglier at the UK’s biggest private sector employer.
Let’s tell Tesco to treat people like people, not machines.
Together, SumOfUs.org members are holding big companies and corporations to account all over the world. Let’s show Tesco that no company is too big to get away with treating its employees inhumanely.
Tesco accused of monitoring staff with electronic armbands, Telegraph, 14 Feb 2013