Union slams council’s vaping ban
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.