Ban on flags in work­place dur­ing cup

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update -

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.”

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