Sacked for Not Grassing?!

Posted in Tubeworker's blog on Mon, 08/08/2011 - 15:04,

LU managmenent's recent company bulletin about the new IT use rules makes for worrying reading:

Re. offensive materials depicting sex or violence

Therefore, employees who receive any such material must not forward it on. If you receive material of this nature, you must immediately delete it and inform your manager. However, if you also find material you have received offensive you should contactHR Services immediately. Any breaches of these requirements may be regarded as gross misconduct and would normally result in dismissal.

So if you receive something that offends you and say nothing, you would 'normally' be dismissed. Somebody offends you and you don't grass, hence you get sacked?!

On top of this, we wonder about the definition of 'offensive'. Tubeworker has no truck with people e-mailing racist, sexist, homophobic etc stuff. But as we have already seen managers complain about staff and union reps sending emails that object in strong terms to managers' actions, will we also now see people being sacked for sending (or not deleting / reporting) emails deemed (by who?) to be 'offensive' because they express opinions that managers don't like?!

The unions should objuect to this sackers' charter.

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Submitted by Tubeworker on Fri, 19/08/2011 - 17:37

This reminds us of when an RCI was stood down on the Northern Line when he refused to grass up his colleague. Fortunately, unions got involved to rectify this injustice, but it is a reminder of what management would get away with if we didn’t have unions.

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