The intensification of labour time - defined principally as increase in workload, work rhythms and saturation of productive capacity - follows the continuous development of various productive models. But this has dangerous effects on the health of workers, and has now become the main cause of work-related illnesses. This article identifies the systemic elements that bring about the further intensification of labour in the shift from Fordism to post-Fordism. Following, the article focuses on the logistics industry, characterized by the presence of the practices of "time-based competition" and tools of "lean production". In the second part the relationship between the intensification of labour and health will be analysed. In the final section the empirical results of a study on working conditions in a logistics business dealing in distribution will be presented, revealing that poor worker health is linked to the intensification of labour.
Keywords: Time-based competition, intensification, health, logistics