A bakery worker in Swaziland was put in a bread oven for an hour by his supervisor after he fell asleep on the job, a newspaper in the kingdom reported.
The alleged incident happened at Prime Bakery, Mbabane, according to the Swazi Observer on Wednesday (4 October 2017). It said the employee had been found sleeping on the job during a night shift and a week later during a day shift he was put in the oven as punishment.
The man, who asked for his name to be withheld, reportedly said, ‘It is true that I was questioned inside the oven by my supervisors for sleeping at work. I don’t want to get into the details of the matter but I have never felt so much heat in my life.’
The Observer added, ‘Other employees interviewed confirmed the incident and expressed how stunned they were.’
Muaaz Mansur, a director of the company told the newspaper, ‘I doubt something of this nature occurred as it is plain cruel and I don’t want to believe all my supervisors would let something like this happen.’
This treatment of a worker in Swaziland is not unique. In July 2016, two junior workers at a KFC [Kentucky Fried Chicken] fast-food outlet in Manzini were locked in a walk-in freezer by two of their managers. They were released after an hour by fellow workers who heard screams for help. The matter was reported to the Commission of Labour under the Ministry of Labour and Social Security and the two managers were eventually transferred to other branches of KFC after disciplinary hearings.
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