Breckland councillors back smoke break ban
29 September 2010
Critics say the crackdown on smokers at work is "tyrannical". Proposals to make workers clock off when they go for a cigarette break have been backed by a Norfolk council.
Staff at Breckland Council will not be paid in future for the time they take to have a cigarette after the proposals were given the go-ahead.
Simon Clark, from Smokers' lobby group Forest, said earlier that everyone was entitled to a break during work. The council said the move was aimed at making the issue of smoke breaks fairer for individuals who did not smoke.
William Nunn, leader of the Conservative-run council, said: "We are not trying to stop smoking... what we are saying is when people go for a cigarette they should do it in their own time."
Mr Clark said: "Are they going to introduce clocking in and off for people who go on the internet, on Facebook, or people who want to have a cup of coffee? "I am sure there are some smokers who abuse the situation and go out too often but if that is happening that is a failure of management." A meeting of the full council voted to approve the measure on Wednesday.
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