Employment and Migration Blog

Month: August 2013

  • Fired up over Facebook
    Posted by Anna Ford on 13 Aug 2013
    There was backlash last month from Melbourne firefighters when Fire Brigade management cut all employees right to check Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other websites down to just 60 minutes per shift. The move came after management found that the top 10 most visited websites were not work related sites. The United Firefighters Union, on behalf of their members, have taken the case to the Fair Work Commission in an attempt to have management’s decision overturned. They assert there are a number of issues with the sudden implementation of new rules, without formal warning or room for discussion with employees. The main concern from the firefighters was that their existing workplace policy provided that limited internet use was "permitted so long as it did not affect [work] or breach internal policies."