BBC NEWS | UK | England | Tyne | Tidy tape exercise 'is madness'
Black tape has been put on civil servants' desks to show them where to put their pens.
The pilot exercise at National Insurance offices in Longbenton, North Tyneside, is part of a UK-drive to encourage staff to tidy their desks.
The Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union claimed the scheme was costing £7.4m nationally......
..."The scheme is demoralising and demeaning. Staff know how to order their desks themselves.
"We had a situation in some offices in Scotland where staff were asked 'Is that banana on your desk active or inactive?', meaning were they going to eat it?
"If not, it had to be cleared away."