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TUC calls for understanding over Facebook in the workplace

Published: Monday, 09 March 2009   Category: Life after graduation

A 16-year-old girl has been sacked from her job after posting negative comments about it on popular social networking site Facebook, and the Trades Union Congress (TUC) has called for a clarification of rules concerning internet usage in the workplace.

Kimberley Swann, who worked as an administrator for Ivell Marketing and Logistics, posted to friends on Facebook that her job was "so dull!!" and that she was "totally bord [sic]!!!" and was later sacked with immediate effect.

The TUC has called for employers to sit down with unions and staff in order to lay down the ground rules for surfing the internet while at work.

Brendan Barber, general secretary at the TUC, said: "Problems arise when employers are unsure how to deal with these sites and overreact by disciplining staff. Employers should sit down with unions and staff to agree the ground rules on internet usage [so] that everyone knows what they can and can't do."

Fifty per cent of workplaces have banned use of the popular site due to concerns about productivity and security, according to a Sophos survey.


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