Union slams coun­cil’s va­p­ing ban

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A UNION has hit out af­ter a lo­cal author­ity banned its staff from smok­ing or va­p­ing dur­ing work­ing hours.

A lo­cal news­pa­per re­ported that Dundee City Coun­cil’s new rule ap­plies when em­ploy­ees are out­side, trav­el­ling be­tween of­fices and on tea breaks.

It means from Thurs­day they can only smoke or vape when on un­paid lunch breaks.

Ge­orge Barr, lo­cal Unite con­vener, told the news­pa­per: “We have been ask­ing what help the coun­cil will give and it doesn’t look like it will be any­thing sub­stan­tial.

“The coun­cil should be help­ing peo­ple to give up if it wants to en­force this pol­icy, es­pe­cially if peo­ple could po­ten­tially be sacked for smok­ing. This is an at­tack on peo­ple who smoke. It’s not an easy thing to give up – and not ev­ery­one wants to ei­ther.”

Dundee City Coun­cil brought in the changes to “pro­tect the health of em­ploy­ees” and con­tinue to pro­mote non-smok­ing role mod­els to chil­dren.

It said it mir­rored poli­cies in NHS Tay­side and other lo­cal au­thor­i­ties across Scot­land.

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