TUC calls for social networking guidelines to save staff from sack

David Hencke, Westminster correspondent
Thursday August 30, 2007
The Guardian

The TUC yesterday appealed to the employers of the 3.5m Facebook users not to give them the sack for doing a bit of social networking while at their desks.
The plea follows decisions by a number of employers – the latest being Kent county council – that staff caught sending messages to their friends while they should be working would be sacked.

A guide – written by John Wood, Facebook user and the TUC’s web expert, and Sarah Veale, head of the TUC’s equalities department – warns that firms have the right to sack staff who spend hours on Facebook.

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