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Workers asleep on the factory floor, 1969.


Workers asleep on the factory floor, 1969.
3 1 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 23cm


A photograph of three workers from the company Cimex, Orpington, Kent, asleep in camp beds set up on the factory floor, taken by Warner for the Daily Herald newspaper on 28 March, 1969. The men were working to a tight deadline to complete an order for industrial cleaning materials for firms in Germany, Sweden, Denmark and Canada. One of the three sleepers had suggested sleeping in shifts on the factory floor to save time - instead of going home. Colleagues brought tea and snacks in bed when the men woke up - they slept a maximum of 12 hours during a 64 hour period. Although they received overtime pay, the managing director was convinced they worked for love. This photograph has been selected from the Daily Herald Archive, a collection of over three million photographs. The archive holds work of international, national and local importance by both staff and agency photographers.

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