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Sacked for Texting

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TextingA NSW truckie who sent text messages and made phone calls while driving a fuel tanker at 100km/h was rightly sacked for endangering himself and the public, Fair Work Australia has ruled.
The Cootes Transport driver was given the boot after witnesses observed him talking on his mobile phone while driving through a regional town.
In court he denied using the phone at the time, but admitted to sending texts and making calls on nine other occasions while driving that day.

His own admissions sunk his unfair dismissal claim with the commissioner saying "it is patently obvious that he was in flagrant breach of the [employer's policies], and the law, on numerous occasions,"
"His misconduct not only put his own safety in peril, but that of the road travelling public and the general community. It is perhaps more good luck than good management that this conduct has not resulted in a disastrous outcome."

The worker had previously been reprimanded by his employer for using a phone while driving, Deputy President Sams noted.