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

Posted by tomcwu in Censorship, Irlam, Preston, SMC.
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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… (more…)


Carphone Worker website available from Irlam again – why? April 17, 2009

Posted by tomcwu in Censorship, Irlam.

When journalist Bill Ray of theregister.co.uk phoned up senior figures at the Irlam site, there was initially confusion about why this website had been blocked.

“We were told that the list was pretty random in that it blocked eBay but not Argos, and Tesco but not Sainsbury’s; though those could just be snobbery on the part of those drawing up the list.” (more…)

Carphone Worker website blocked at Irlam – company tries to prevent employees accessing union advice April 14, 2009

Posted by tomcwu in Censorship, Irlam, TTT.

A worker commenting on a previous post has told us that CarphoneWorker.co.uk is blocked at the Irlam site!

In a surprise – and disappointing – move, local senior management appear to have gone to the trouble of preventing this website being accessed from computers at Irlam.  The step appears to follow the union’s efforts to make workers in the Carphone Networks SMC aware of their rights in respect of proposed shift changes.  We would be interested to hear the justification for this step, and what part of the company’s internet usage policy it conforms to.

We would also be interested to hear from workers at other sites – can you access this site from work, or do you have to do it from home?  Feel free to become an anonymous Carphone Worker correspondent and let us know what’s going on where you are…