You can say what you like about Britain's wealth creators, but you can't accuse them of lacking imagination when it comes down to cutting costs.
Britain's route back to 19th century working practices is looking smoother every day.
News just in is that one of the most successful private-owned companies in the UK, a meat-processing giant with an annual turnover of £466.3m, cut their workers' wages each time they go to the toilet.
Having collected evidence from over 100 workers, Unite the Union has denounced the ongoing practices at Dunbia, where workers are required to clock in and out each time nature calls. According to Cathy Rudderforth, Unite Lancashire official, "it's outrageous that in 2009 workers have to endure the indignity of clocking out for toilet breaks".
Unite have also accused the company of refusing talks with the unions. On their part, Dunbia have come up with the retort that weekly bonuses are paid to compensate for toilet breaks-related cuts. But if that's the case, then what's the point?
And are we right to guess that the policy does not apply to managers each time they take a dump at work?
Let's just hope that Dunbia's appalling practices don't pave the way for Britain's "wealth creators" at large. Otherwise a simple cistitis or spell of diarrohea at work will not just be painful, but costly as well.