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Sympathy to O Keefe for the frustration he endured due to an allegedly incompatent wages manager,who according to the report had yet again failed to pay the relevant renumeration for his efforts.However he should have brought his complaint to the boss.who should then have toldMs Taylor to rectify the problem immediatly.Once you press the return key on Facebook the message is out there and its obvious he could not trust his workmates as much as he thought.I wonder at the little weasel who actualy brought the Facebook post to Ms Taylors attention

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Good luck finding a new job and a lesson learned. Dont say anything on Facebook that you dont want the whole world to hear.

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" that the separation between home and work is now less pronounced than it once used to be.” "

Ok, I don't think this guy used good judgement, but the above rationale is far scarier than a rant on FB. Does work really have the right to expect greater connection between work and home? Isn't that a violation of individual privacy and right to free speech?

If they guy did not make threats of violence, then why can a company dictate or make decisions based upon what he wrote in his personal life?

I do think that people should exercise good common sense. But I also feel that the infringement upon privacy and personal life by work is wrong. Afterall how many people can refuse, without some consequences, friend requests by co-workers on FB or other sites?

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That goes to show, your monitored anywhere online..

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So if you go to the pub and tell your mates you don't like a collegue, you can be sacked?

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And this is why you keep your rants on Twitter.

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Youd think this sort of story would wake up Australians to how dictatored to they are-but I highly doubt it will even scratch the surface. Then again, as you can see how Australia operates, there probably isnt much one could do.

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tkoind2Aug. 19, 2011 - 08:58AM JST

Does work really have the right to expect greater connection between work and home? Isn't that a violation of individual privacy and right to free speech?

Forget the computer and the internet for a minute. Let's say the year is 1965, and he used carbon paper to make 11 copies of an explicative filled letter and by car, hand delivered the copies to his 11 co-workers.

He would still be out of a job. But back then, no one would say he used his own pen, paper, carbon paper, car and gasoline on his own time so he has the right to bad mouth and obliquely threaten his employer without consequence.

It would be different if he was drunk and talking to friends in a bar. But you take the time to write and deliver messages to coworkers who were just minding their own business, whether electronically or on paper, it changes things and always has. Even so, he could have written tactfully and been in the clear. But no, he went on a nasty rant and spread it all over town.

But if the inspiration for that trouble really was the incompetence of the pay manager, then she too should be sacked lest this happen again.

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So the question is are facebook selective in what news they fed/feed? And how much did they actually participate in the 'copying'? And how is ranting on YOUR facebook page, telling everybody?

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asagao - "So if you go to the pub and tell your mates you don't like a collegue, you can be sacked?"

If you tell your mates that colleague is going down, why not? People think making threats and not acting on them is a function of free speech, its not, its threatening behaviour and has a major impact on the person they're aimed at.

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FB is not at home in private. It is there for all to see. Once someone else sees it...even one person..it is not private. wake up people. Even what we say here can easily be traced back to us.

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