BBC staff are up in arms after bosses scrapped paper towels in the loos
Hundreds of staff at New Broadcasting House in London's West End have complained about the situation – after being left having to 'dry their hands on their trousers or skirts' for the past two months.
Some of the 5,000 staff working at the HQ have even resorted to bringing their own towels in to work so they can dry their hands.
The loos at the £1bn building – opened in 2013 to great fanfare and which costs around £90m-a-year to run – had the paper towel dispensers ripped out in February this year.
In what was meant to be an eco-friendly move, they were replaced with hand dryers – but these are still unconnected to electricity nearly two months on.
Workers have bombarded bosses with complaints that they have nowhere to dry their hands – and are resorting to using loo roll, or simply wiping their hands on their clothes.
The familiar paper towels have been replaced by hand dryers that haven't been plugged in yet
One vexed BBC worker, who asked not to be named, said the situation had got so ridiculous many staff were simply not bothering washing their hands – with some even bringing their own towels in to work.
It needs to change pronto
He said: “It's got to the point where some staff are bringing towels from home to dry their hands and they take them to and from the lavatory every time they go.
“Some staff simply don't bother to wash their hands any more, which obviously has hygiene implications given the hot-desking policy.“
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One worker said some staf were not bothering to wash their hands anymore
He added: “It started towards the end of February when the paper towel dispensers started vanishing and the hand-dryers were installed, but the hand dryers have not been connected.
“Paper towels are brought in and dumped by the sinks every now and again, but they vanish pretty quickly as staff hoard them for future trips to the loo.”
The £1bn building opened in 2013 to great fanfare and costs around £90m-a-year to run
Another worker complained how it was an “embarrassment” that the BBC provide its staff with “proper hand washing facilities”.
He said: “All we want to do is to be able to use the loos like any other office worker – we don't want to be washing our hands and then remembering there is nowhere to dry them.
“I've lost count of the number of times I stand there shaking my hands over the sink to try and get them dry – and in the end I just brought in a hand towel from home.“ He added: “We are all fed up about the whole situation and it needs to change pronto.“