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Poland: Workers at factory making UK passports reveal poor conditions and low wages

"Factory in Poland making our Blue Brexit passports 'feels like a prison': Workers reveal poor conditions and wages of just £400 a month after Home Office decided documents should be made abroad", 12 Jan 2020

Britain's post-Brexit blue passports are being made by factory workers taking home as little as £400 a month.

While French multinational Thales is being paid £260 million for the contract with the UK Government, ... current and former employees ... have complained of being underpaid and ... claim the working conditions are so poor that the factory can ‘feel like prison’...

One current worker ... said staff were expected to use two or three different machines at once, which he claimed was unsafe.

He said: ‘We work 12-hour shifts anyway but the company strongly encourages overtime, which can be exhausting...’

Some workers say they have been forced to claim paid sick leave so they can make more money from a second job...

Thales said: ‘Thales has always been compliant with the labour laws applied in the 68 countries where the company is present. We are a very dynamic employer in Poland, fully respecting health and safety regulations. The wellbeing of our 80,000 employees worldwide is paramount and we consider their workplace wellness a priority.’