Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Fuming Smokers

At last the vice is closing. Smokers are choking on the news that the Department of Health is to ban smoking breaks.
MB is surprised at the malevolent reaction by smokers reported in the media to this so called infringement of their civil rights. Smokers are still able to smoke in their own time, ie at lunch time or morn. & a/noon tea time, in their designated outdoor area are they not?
Currently smokers in the workplace essentially get as many smoking breaks of indeterminate length as they like. How is this fair to non-smokers?
MB calculates that smokers spend at least 40 minutes of their employer's time per day ducking out for a smoke and a gossip with the other puffers. This equates to 3.3 hours per week or 173 hours per annum (4.3 weeks).
How about paying non-smokers a loading equivalent to at least 4 weeks' wages per annum? This will compensate the non-smokers for keeping the wheels of commerce going while their smoking colleagues are paid to pollute their bodies and the air around the entryways & exits to their workplace.

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