When I drove in through the gates, I was immediately hurt in the stomach.
the 51-year-old-Tommy Christensen has worked since he was 16 years old. He has been the chef, the sail, running the taxi and been a warehouse worker. But when he started on the Coops disputed warehouse in Hasselager-Aarhus, went there during the four weeks before he was on sick leave with stress.
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- I have never experienced anything similar. I have worked in many disciplines with a rough tone and have it completely fine with it. But I have not experienced the harassment and talking down to people like out there, " says Tommy Christensen.
the Coop has met massive criticism from employees, who in recent weeks have described a climate of fear and surveillance in the east jutland stock.
- I had heard people talk about the conditions, but I did not believe it was so bad, before I even saw it, says lagerarbejderen.
Tommy Christensen started at ferskvarelageret the 26. may. He tells among other things about the episode that took place one morning at 4.30.
We were four men, who had started at the warehouse about the same time. A colleague asked me for a detail with our headset, and I explained it to him.
- Then there comes a looking over. He is waving with his arm and whistles for us.
Tommy Christensen thinks that it is a strange behavior and asks what it is about. Then attack the head to him verbally.
- In must not stand and drive, he says. I answer, we cannot solve a problem with the work. In just get started! he says so. As if we were two school boys, says Tommy Christensen.
Twenty minutes later, there are two who are talking together in a different place in the warehouse – and I see that he runs up to them to scold them out. It is clear, that it makes people nervous. No one dare to talk much together or use the time to help the new in time, because they know that they are being monitored, says Tommy Christensen.
After 14 days he was called into the office and got to know that his so-called package-figure was a bit too low. The number tells how many units of each single move about the day in the warehouse.
- I got stuck a number in your head. You pick for a little. We keep an eye on you the next 14 days, they said, telling Tommy Christensen.
He is a trained stock - and logistikoperatør at Danske Fragtmænd and have worked around 10 years in the industry. 17. June, he was on sick leave with stress and is now stopped at the store.
- I have never suffered from stress before, and I have never had any problems with the management style in other places. I have been on many larger jobs, where you have always be able to resolve conflicts in a proper way. This is not a place you want to come back to, " notes Tommy Christensen.
Coop does not want to comment on personsager, informs the communication director Jens Juul Nielsen.
A survey among the 270 employees at the warehouse shows that 84 percent feel watched and pressured. A group of anonymous staff members sent therefore a plea to Coop Denmark's top management the 8. June.