On My Mind

No day off, no sitting during work hours selling sweets

We slide into being made to work in iffy ways, realising this only when in pain or reading of protesters overcoming work injustice

I didn't have a day off for a month and I didn't sit throughout the full work hours as a retail worker. I was a student doing a holiday job then, so I had the mad energy to survive it, but I was still wretchedly exhausted by the end of the stint.

We sort of slide or are sucked into being made to work in questionable ways, and we slowly wake up to it being wrong when our bodies are incandescent with pain, or when we read about protesters overcoming injustice at work, only to think, "Hey, isn't that what I'm being made to do too?"

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on November 21, 2021, with the headline 'No day off, no sitting during work hours selling sweets'. Subscribe