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Tradesman NEWS - Tradies face a ban on mobile phones

TRADIES and construction workers are facing mobile phone bans at work to stop them tweeting and using Facebook on the job. Master Builders Association NSW executive director Brian Seidler said using a mobile phone at a worksite for texting, Facebook or even calls was a sackable offence, as it created a range of occupational, health and safety issues, along with a loss of productivity. "When you go in to a large work site, you will be told no drugs, no alcohol and no use of mobile phones," he said. "If it becomes a safety issue, you would have to put in place a regime of controlling that hazard - and that would be one strike, two strikes and the third strike you're out." Australian Workers Union assistant secretary, Stephen Bali, said some paranoid managers had asked employees to stop using the internet on iphones and smartphones at work, and other companies allowed workers to use their phone only in an emergency. "Most factories or construction sites allow workers to keep their mobile phones in case of emergency," he said. "Only paranoid managers who cannot effectively manage their workforce resort to draconian measures of banning phones in the work place." Kevin O'Kane, who runs Highlander Plumbing, provides his staff with BlackBerrys, but has banned its use for the internet on the job. "All of our staff have a BlackBerry and all of our young blokes are on Facebook," he said. "Facebook and the internet are banned during work hours." The National Electrical and Communications Association's technical field officer, Jeff Pearce, said the internet was now distracting staff at work. Source: http:--www.news.com.au-business-business-smarts-tradies-tweet-ban-story-e6frfm9r-1226043967804<-a>
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