Ban on flags in workplace during cup
FOOTBALL fans at a Peterborough company have been told they cannot fly the flag at work because of health and safety rules.
Workers at Perkins Engines, in Frank Perkins Way, were informed through a company memo that they will not be permitted to put flags up at their stations on the factory floor during the World Cup.
A worker, who did not wish to be named, said: “Some of the guys had been putting a few flags up but were told to take them down.
“Some of the workers are really unhappy about it.
“They reacted with disbelief when they were told.
“It’s not just about England flags, we have agency workers from other countries who want to put up their national flags too. The World Cup is supposed to be about bringing people together.”
Perkins said that while the decision to remove flags was down to health and safety concerns, its workers are able to express their support for their teams in other ways.
A spokesperson for Perkins said: “We were asked whether flags could be displayed on work stations on the factory floor.
“For health and safety reasons we had to decline this request but shop floor employees will be allowed to wear their football shirts to work.”
She added: “Within our offices employees are also displaying their support through things like mugs and desk calendars.”