Council staff have been banned from displaying Yes or No referendum badges – even in their own private cars, it emerged today.
Staff have been ordered to remove campaign stickers from their cars at Highland Council and to keep their views on the referendum to themselves, with one employee claiming he had been told to peel the Yes stickers off his car in a public car park during work hours.
Union officials have branded it “over-zealous”.
In Edinburgh, staff who may find themselves dealing with the public have also been warned they should not wear badges.
Sue Bruce, chief executive and counting officer, said: “Staff must remain politically neutral.”