Welsh council workers turfed out over eBay addiction
Going, going, gone
Three Welsh council workers have lost their jobs after spending too long on eBay when they should have been working.
One worker at Neath Port Talbot council were sacked and another two quit after council bosses found the group spent up to two hours a day on the online auction site. The council reportedly had security software in place to prevent access to inappropriate webpages, such as porn sites, but not eBay and other legitimate websites.
Disciplinary actions followed an investigation into six workers by the local authority over allegations they spent too much time surfing shopping, travel and leisure websites instead of dealing with council business.
Graham Jones, head of strategic personnel at the council, told the Daily Telegraph that another one of the six was given a warning while the other two were still being investigated. ®
Where else are they meant to get their equipment from?
Maybe they just wanted a new Shovel, Grader or D9 Bulldozer or something.
We would be stuffed If I was not allowed to browse Ebay at work.... Where do you think our test equipment comes from?
- The joys of the Telco Industry in Australia.... ;-)
The classic image of council workers, is a bunch of them standing around on the side of the road, leaning on shovels, while the new guy casually pokes at the ground.
This article makes me think it was actually council STAFF offending, and not the 'workers' .
We are at risk of losing a cultural icon, if we allow this imprecision of terminology to continue.
So, the next time...
I feel the urge to stab an incompetent member of IT staff in the eye at a client's site, I can claim it was my employer's fault for letting me have access to screwdrivers.... Interesting.