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Sky censorship - what they don't want their staff to read



 
 
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Old July 23rd 03, 08:59 PM posted to uk.tech.tv.sky,england.org.trade-union
Mike CJ
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Default Sky censorship - what they don't want their staff to read

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http://www.bectusky.org.uk/news/307022.html

Sky staff are claiming that their management have denied them access to a
new trade union website which seeks to offer them help and information.

The new website provided by broadcasting union BECTU ? www.bectusky.org.uk ?
was launched in June. But after union officials visited Sky?s base in
Osterley this month to publicise the site, staff found they could no longer
access it from work. Several checks have been run by the site?s organisers
to establish that there is no fault at the site end.

BECTU official Sharon Elliott has written to Sky?s new Group Director of
Human Resources Marie-Helene Ferguson asking for confirmation of the
company?s actions in relation to the bectusky site and to BECTU?s principal
site ? www.bectu.org.uk ? access to which is also blocked. Ms Ferguson has
yet to explain the company?s position; additional enquiries from BECTU
representatives at the base have also met with silence.

?It is astonishing that any broadcaster ? let alone a mature operator such
as Sky - is apparently prepared to resort to such actions. The company?s
business is communication and yet they apparently see fit to deny their
staff access to a legitimate site. The company is in danger of making
themselves look ridiculous.? commented Sharon Elliott.

The launch of the website is a sign of the union?s continuing commitment to
organising and serving Sky staff across the country. In February this year
a formal ballot for recognition on behalf of the company?s Sales operation
in Livingston, Scotland was defeated. The company?s behaviour in the run up
to the ballot ? subjecting staff to intimidation, acting outside of agreed
access arrangements together with a major attack on a union activist ? was
widely criticised. The case has been cited in submissions made by the TUC
and BECTU to the current review of the Employment Relations Act 1999 which
first established the right to statutory trade union recognition.

When the ballot result was declared on 4 February 2003 the company decided
to write to all its staff warning them off trade union organisation and
threatening them with business closure in the event of mass support; this
hugely controversial letter led to the departure of then Group Head of
Human Resources Craig McCoy.

Sky?s Computer Policy grants staff some licence to use the system for
personal use: ?A small amount of personal use is permissable as long as it
is not excessive and does not interfere with normal business activity? the
policy says.


At BAE SYSTEMS they won't let you access the internet at all.
All you get is email.
Anyway they can always access the union website at home.

Mike.


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Old July 23rd 03, 11:49 PM posted to uk.tech.tv.sky,england.org.trade-union
Mark S
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Default Sky censorship - what they don't want their staff to read



At BAE SYSTEMS they won't let you access the internet at all.
All you get is email.
Anyway they can always access the union website at home.


That's hardly the point...


 




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