Bus and rail firm Translink bans pro-Army wristbands
Translink has banned staff from wearing wristbands in support of soldiers serving in Afghanistan - even though they have not had any complaints from the public.
The transport company which runs NI Railways, Ulsterbus and Metro services said the move is designed to create a "neutral" working environment.
However, unionists have slammed the decision as political correctness gone mad.
TUV MLA Jim Allister who raised the issue during a recent meeting with Translink chiefs has vowed to contest the controversial ban. "This issue is particularly strong in Ballymena because there are so many young men and women who have served with the armed forces," he said. "I certainly do not intend to let this matter rest. It is preposterous."
Silicone wristbands in support of the military are sold for around £2 from Territorial Army centres, Royal British Legion branches and from the regimental headquarters.
A Translink spokeswoman said: "We seek to create a neutral working environment in which all our employees can feel at ease. In line with company policies and guidance from the Equality Commission, the only badges which may be worn at work are company ID, a customer service badge or a trade union badge as appropriate."