‘Our members are really suffering in this heat due to the rules governing the engineer’s uniform of suit and tie,’ explained one union rep. ‘But we are witnessing a split between those – sometimes labelled ‘reformers’ – who have been loosening their ties, even taken them off, and ‘traditionalists’ who are unwavering, even though it’s costing them their lives’.
‘It’s not so much on the job, the buildings are mostly air conditioned,’ explained one engineer, ‘but travelling to the jobs. I’ve seen friends, good engineers, collapsed on the pavement’. But for this engineer it’s a small price to pay: ‘I am a traditionalist. How anyone could do a thorough service of a Canon ImageRunner Advance while wearing shorts is beyond me’.
Whilst the union acknowledge that the mortality rate of photocopier engineers has historically always been high, they’ve been significantly enough alarmed by this recent sharp increase to have issued a 50% magenta, 50% yellow warning.