uk: TUC calls for social networking guidelines to save staff from sack

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.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.Firms could also use indiscreet personal information on their public site against anyone applying for promotion or a new job.But Brendan Barber, TUC general secretary, urged firms not take such drastic action. “Simply cracking down on use of new web tools like Facebook is not a sensible solution to a problem which is only going to get bigger.

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