Scots workers urged to dress down during G8 summit

Police in Edinburgh have denied they are advising staff in large private sector companies to dress down in the run up to the G8 summit amid fears they could be targeted by anti-poverty campaigners descending on Scotland’s capital city.


According to reports, the police are also telling workers to restrict their travel plans and not bring visitors into their offices at the time of the summit, which begins on 6 July at Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire.


However, a spokesperson for the Lotian and Borders Police said that the they had offered no advice and companies were making their own minds up how to deal with any security worries.


Bloomberg News has reported that the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), the UK’s fourth largest bank, which is based in Edinburgh, has recommended that staff do not wear their blue tartan uniform outside the office during the event.


RBS told the Financial Times that measures were in place to guard security of customers and staff but refused to go into specifics.


A ‘Make Poverty History’ march will take place in Edinburgh on 2 July and chancellor Gordon Brown has pledged to attend.


 

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