Simon Clark reported a few days ago that employees of Dundee council have, as of 1 November 2018, been forbidden from smoking or vaping during working hours,
Council bans smoking AND vaping during working hours
Ultimately, an employee, who does not comply with (the policy) will be subject to disciplinary proceedings.
Q: Does this policy mean that I cannot smoke at all while I am at work?
Q: Can I smoke when I am working out of doors and not affecting anyone else with my smoke?
Q: If my duties require me to go from one office or location to another, can I smoke on the way, i.e. in the open air in the street?
Q: Can I leave the workplace during a tea-break to have a smoke?
Q: I travel from location to location and don’t wear anything to identify me as a council employee, am I allowed to smoke when I am outside?
My message to vaping advocates is this: be careful what you wish for. When you remain silent (as most of you invariably do) and do nothing to oppose the extension of anti-smoking policies, you actively invite similar policies on vaping.
Dick Puddlecote was rather more trenchant:
Dundee Council, you are utter morons and abusive employers. In an ideal world your entire executive would be fired on the spot for harassment of your employees and barred from public office for a lifetime.
Both Simon Clark and Dick Puddlecote focused particularly on the fact that vaping had been banned as well as smoking. Junican pointed this out:
But we should not merely complain about ecigs. Their staff rules about smoking are just as iniquitous. It is tempting to think that the employer can make any rules that he wants, but that just is not so. For example, he cannot force employees to work for eight hours non-stop and eat and drink nothing during that time and have no breaks. He cannot dictate what they should eat or drink, with the exception of alcohol, if a ban on alcohol is justifiable.
However, the employer just has made any rules that he wants: This is what has in fact happened.
And what it really means is that the employees of Dundee council have just been reduced to serfdom. They have, with this single edict, been made serfs.
And it’s not just the smokers who have been reduced to serfdom. Nor is it just the vapers either. Every single employee of Dundee council has become a serf. For if they can be instructed not to smoke, then they can also be instructed not to drink, or drink, or speak, or absolutely anything else their tyrannical employer may demand.
This is very serious. This is way beyond a mere smoking ban. This is the exercise of complete and absolute control over people.
And of course that has always been the aim of Tobacco Control. They don’t just want to control tobacco: they want to control people, and they want to control them completely. And that’s why smoking bans are gradually metastasizing into drinking bans and eating bans and innumerable other bans and restrictions, as they gradually impose fetters upon everyone.
And if the employees of Dundee council can be made into serfs, then it won’t be long before the employees of Aberdeen council and of Inverness council and of Glasgow council and of Edinburgh council will be made serfs too.
It’s not just that every single employee of Dundee council should be outraged. Every single free citizen of Dundee should be outraged as well. For most likely nearly all Dundee council employees are citizens of Dundee, and so it is upon the people of Dundee that this serfdom is being imposed.
And not just Dundee: All Scotland should be outraged.
And if the council does not withdraw these tyrannical regulations, it would be better for Dundee if the council were burned to the ground, and replaced by a body which actually served the citizens of Dundee, rather than made serfs of them.