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Monday, 23 October, 2000, 16:34 GMT 17:34 UK
Wolf-whistling workers face dismissal
Builder on the street
Street workers are warned not to be lecherous
Wolf-whistling workmen could disappear from the streets of Gloucester after the council warned its workers they may be sacked for leering at passers by.

Council cleaners and repair workers in the city have been sent a memo warning them they could face action if they are caught wolf-whistling or shouting out sexual innuendoes to members of the opposite sex.

The warning comes after members of the public complained to Gloucester City Council's city services department about being harassed when walking past workers.

The council section - which deals with rubbish collection, road repairs and building work - responded by sending out memos to its 200 staff warning them of a clampdown on lecherous behaviour.

Disreputable behaviour

Department manager Alex Selsby said: "The council expects our employees to have a certain code of conduct.

"The memo mentioned any conduct which could bring the council into disrepute, which covers wolf-whistling and interaction with members of the public.

"If anyone was caught breaking the code, a decision on action would be made through the management structure."

Mr Selsby said action could involve a warning or sacking depending on the nature of the incident, the circumstances and the worker's past record.

He said it was "very rare" for the council to receive complaints.

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