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Thailand's nappy-wearing bus conductors fight for better working conditions

Published on May 30, 2014 12:07 PM
 
Thai bus fare collector Watcharee Viriya collects fares from passengers as the bus travels on a street in Bangkok. Stuck for hours each day in snarling traffic, bus conductors in Thailand's sprawling capital have found a radical solution to a lack of toilet breaks - adult nappies. -- PHOTO: AFP

BANGKOK (AFP) - Stuck for hours each day in snarling traffic, bus conductors in Thailand's sprawling capital have found a radical solution to a lack of toilet breaks - adult nappies.

Despite years of brisk economic growth, many of Bangkok's blue-collar workers find themselves on the sharp end of relentless urbanisation and stubborn wealth inequalities.

From rubbish collectors to factory workers and taxi drivers, for many of the people who keep the sprawling metropolis of 12 million people running, rising wages do not necessarily translate into a better life.

With congestion worsening, conductors on the capital's ageing buses spend long days on the polluted roads in the tropical heat - often with no toilet stops along the route.

 
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