'Kiss and tell' policy dumped

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A local authority today dumped a proposed "kiss and tell personnel" staff policy after criticism from unions.

Personal bosses at Fenland District Council, based in March, Cambridgeshire, had put forward the scheme, under which "intimate behaviour during work time" could have been be classed as gross misconduct and resulted in disciplinary action.

But council members today unanimously rejected the idea. One councillor labelled the proposal the "bonk and be booted out" policy and said it had come from the "database of daft ideas".

Another said publicity about the plan had turned the council into a "laughing stock".

Last week a senior official at union Unison said the proposal was "nonsense out of a Christmas cracker" and a TUC boss described the idea as an "Orwellian dictat".

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