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Two easy ways to get the sack

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The TWU has noticed a growing trend in workers being sacked for slagging off their employers on Facebook.

With the slowing of the economy has come a significant drop off in the demand for truck drivers and other employees.

Keeping a job is now more important to many people – the mining boom is over and it is harder to find good employment.

The WA Branch is currently dealing with a significant increase in the number of members claiming they have been unfairly dismissed.

Among them are people who have taken to Facebook to vent their spleen about a boss or a company who they don’t like for some reason or other.

This public venting might make them feel better but a lot of firms now monitor Facebook sites looking for reasons to sack people.

And if your boss doesn’t nab you it’s a really possibility that a fellow worker will dob you in – even if you have made him or her a Facebook Friend.

Arguing that defaming a boss on Facebook is outside work - and therefore OK - does not cut the mustard in the Fair Work Commission.

Trust us, we know. Our industrial officers and lawyers are in there every day.

So keep your Facebook to socialising with family and friends. If you have a problem with a boss call the TWU for a confidential chat and we will advise you what to do.

Another sure way of getting booted out of work is criticizing your employer to their clients. This is also a common occurrence that gets people in hot water.

It generally pays to keep your chit chat with customers to friendly banter about the weather or the footy and not what a prick your boss is.

On the other hand if things are getting you down at work the TWU is always here for you. Give us a call anytime.