Tuesday, January 04, 2005


Dontcha just love 'em!!!

Today my employers, The Northern Ireland Civil Service introduced a NO SMOKING policy throughout all thier establishments in Northern Ireland.

As a smoker you can probably guess that i am less than impressed. It was a loooooooong day today.
You may be surprised to find that i agree with the principal behind this. Not the offical line i.e. 'to improve the health of the workforce'. This is bollocks!!

It will increase the productivity of smokers throughout the service. In particular those smokers who wrongly believe that they are somehow entitled to a 'smoke break' and will frequently leave their workplace to use the smoking room. They are the people who killed the goose that laid the golden egg.

What really bugs me about the whole episode is this:-

They have also made going outside for a smoke during OFFICAL tea breaks a disciplinary offence! My tea break should be mine to do with what i please, smoke, sleep, yak whatever. Not allowed any longer. However, it still seems to be allowed to go for a paper, scone etc during tea breaks which is strange. Whether or not you can smoke whilst making the journey for your paper is anyones guess.

Don't like it......no not one little bit!

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