Don't mess with the Man
Six prison workers must wait until next week to find out
if they will be sacked for criticising their bosses on Facebook.
The six had a good moan about their bosses on their
various Facebook pages. Rather than wondering if there was a problem and
investigating it, the US Corrective Service Department is considering firing
them. The officers have each been sent a letter indicating the
Corrective Services Department is considering sacking them for misconduct over
comments they made on Facebook, which the department described as
"bullying" and "harassment".
However the public sector union, which regards the
sacking threat as an attempt to stifle dissent, has taken the matter to the
Industrial Relations Commission. It wants the IRC to put a hold on any sacking attempts
and also to consider a change to the award safeguarding the rights of workers
to speak freely outside work hours.
The IRC case has been adjourned for now but expect to see
“Free the Facebook Six T-shirts”.