Saturday, September 19, 2009

Facebook Five want right to bag the boss online

We read:
"The right of Australian workers to slag off their boss could become enshrined in law if a landmark case by a group of outspoken prison officers - dubbed the Facebook Five - is successful.

The officers were threatened with the sack after they posted disparaging comments about New South Wales Corrective Services Commissioner Ron Woodham and other top brass on a Facebook group called "Suggestions to help Big RON save a few clams".

In response, the Public Service Association filed an application asking the Industrial Relations Commission to hear an unfair dismissal application for the workers before they were formally fired, The Daily Telegraph reports.

The PSA also indicated to the IRC that it intends to seek a change in the award which will make workers exempt from dismissal for things they said or did in out-of-work hours.

"An employee shall not be the subject of any disciplinary action by reason of conduct that occurs outside working hours and which is intended by the employee to be private in nature," the claim stated.



Stan B said...

I'm sorry - I fail to see how a Facebook posting that is public could be construed as a "private" communication.

Poisoning the work environment has always been a reason for dismissal, since the beginning of time.

Anonymous said...

This ruling is a blow to Fascism.

Anonymous said...

fascism |ˈfa sh ˌizəm| (also Fascism)
an authoritarian and nationalistic right-wing system of government and social organization.
• (in general use) extreme right-wing, authoritarian, or intolerant views or practice.
The term Fascism was first used of the totalitarian right-wing nationalist regime of Mussolini in Italy (1922–43), and the regimes of the Nazis in Germany and Franco in Spain were also fascist. Fascism tends to include a belief in the supremacy of one national or ethnic group, a contempt for democracy, an insistence on obedience to a powerful leader, and a strong demagogic approach.