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This website censored again – this time at Preston! April 27, 2009

Posted by tomcwu in Censorship, Irlam, Preston, SMC.

Incredibly, following the climbdown by the censors at Irlam, it appears that as of Friday, http://www.carphoneworker.co.uk has been unavailable from computers at Tulketh Mill, Preston.

Once again, we have not been contacted by the company to explain why this might be.  Indeed, we still have not received any written communication from the company explaining why they censored the site at Irlam, or why they decided to uncensor it.  Communication Workers Union officials have had conversations with public relations staff at Carphone Warehouse Group who have said they will put their objections to our briefing to SMC workers in writing, but they have so far not done so.  Could this be because the accusation that we are providing innacurate inbriefings is impossible to substantiate in writing, on the record?  Carphone Worker thinks so…

The fact is, that even if Carphone Warehouse believes information provided here to be wrong, they should allow workers to make up their own minds.  As the company is aware, there are frequently disputes between ourselves and them on questions of interpretation of the law (and, frankly, it usually turns out that we’re right). These disagreements are the stuff of workplace relations.  Censoring this site, attempting to censor the union, is not what we should expect from a telecommunications company in the 21st Century.

Is http://www.carphoneworker.co.uk blocked from any other sites?  Comment below or drop us an email to let us know!

Note: if you work at Tulketh Mill, there are still cunning ways to access the site… erm google “carphoneworker” and click the first link. Remember: just because they’re incompetent, doesn’t mean they’re not trying to censor you. Predictably, all access has now been blocked.

This story has also been covered by Bill Ray at theregister.co.uk

A second article can be found here.



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