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johnbogiatzis

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Hello friends,

Just a quick note to share with you my story,

Yesterday afternoon I posted a question on AHB about using finings as a clearing agent in beer. Was on the forum for about 5 mins in the afternoon checking the comments.

Not long after was asked to step into the directors office and was sacked because I was seen by one of the other employees on a forum.

Hasn't phases me at all! My love of beer is greater than any job! I'd rather visit this place and read / post things that I love as oppose to working to for an organisation that is completely retarted!

Thanks you to all at Aussie Home Brew!
 

argon

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Jeezus... No good mate. Sounds a bit harsh though. I'd if got the sack numerous times if that was the policy at my work.
 

Black Dog Brewery

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Hello friends,

Just a quick note to share with you my story,

Yesterday afternoon I posted a question on AHB about using finings as a clearing agent in beer. Was on the forum for about 5 mins in the afternoon checking the comments.

Not long after was asked to step into the directors office and was sacked because I was seen by one of the other employees on a forum.

Hasn't phases me at all! My love of beer is greater than any job! I'd rather visit this place and read / post things that I love as oppose to working to for an organisation that is completely retarted!

Thanks you to all at Aussie Home Brew!
Sorry to hear what happened. All I can say is that Id be challenging what happened. Look at the IT policy did it stipulate the potential for instant dismissal from visiting a Brewing related site? If not did you have a warning? Just think how much brewing bling a wrongful dismissal claim would buy!!

Cheers BDB
 

kenlock

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Sorry to hear that John. I hope this leads you to a bigger and better job, and certainly a more fulfilling one!

I bet the 'dobber' :angry: is a smoker who wastes much more company time in that pursuit than a quick interaction with a forum.

All the best!
 

beerdrinkingbob

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That's no good mate, have a beer and everything will be better in the world soon.

Good luck with your job hunting
 

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So what is the declared policy? For example my company which is a Telco has us working in different "Queues" of inbound calls. Some call types you are allowed to browse the Internet between calls, other call types are more intense and you have to be really focussed, so if you are rostered on that queue then Google is Verboten. But it's spelled out clearly.

If you didn't get it spelled out in your case. then grounds for unfair dismissal I reckon. Also your colleague is a brown nosing cnut.

All the best anyway whatever the situation, mate. Sorry my stupid gelatine got you into strife. :angry:
 

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Brew porn John ?
Very harsh, hope you have the skills to find re-employment quickly.On the positive side home brewing is cheap so being on the rock and roll wont hurt you ;)
 

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It doesn't sound like a nice place to work. Also it sounds like you might have an action against them, depending on how long you were there and in what capacity.
 

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Must have a pretty strict IT policy. I'd double check the wording to see if they are operating within policy.

My workplace says no porn, illegal websites etc and they reserve the right to monitor activity and block sites if necessary. That's it though
 

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Hi...FWIW I'd second the advice of one of the other posters above. Check your employment agreement and the IT policy and check what actions constitutes a dismissal with cause.
 

pokolbinguy

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Must have been an A-hole of a boss and collegue.
 

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I've seen this happen before at my work - however in all the times they have used this policy to dismiss someone, the employee has been at fault for several other reasons, e.g. Clashing with staff, bad performance, bad attitude etc etc. They just used the IT policy as it is black and white and the have hard evidence...

AHB is blocked at my work, along with theworldgame, a-league.com.au, foxsports and facebook - all barring the latter thanks to me - didn't get fired for it basically because I do my job well enough, so instead of firing me, they just block the websites.

If you are performing well at your work, then you may have grounds for unfair dismissal - but would you really want your job back at a work place that fires staff for logging onto a forum?

Cheers
Phil
 

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sorry to hear that but the i was a boss i wouldnt be happy with my employees looking at other web sites and not doing work for which you are being paid for but then again whats your employers policy and most place u need 3 writtern warnings before getting the sack seem like time to get the union involved and take it to fair work oz for unfair dismall you may get 6 months pay out of em
 

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I've seen this happen before at my work - however in all the times they have used this policy to dismiss someone, the employee has been at fault for several other reasons, e.g. Clashing with staff, bad performance, bad attitude etc etc. They just used the IT policy as it is black and white and the have hard evidence...

AHB is blocked at my work, along with theworldgame, a-league.com.au, foxsports and facebook - all barring the latter thanks to me - didn't get fired for it basically because I do my job well enough, so instead of firing me, they just block the websites.

If you are performing well at your work, then you may have grounds for unfair dismissal - but would you really want your job back at a work place that fires staff for logging onto a forum?

Cheers
Phil

And only after 13 posts too.

I gather you really didn't want to work there anyway. Get a job in a brewery or somewhere without access to the internet.

My workplace blocks AHB along with other sites I actually do need to asssist with my job. I argue with the 12 year old in IT often.
 

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Sorry to hear about the job thing, but I think the most important question here is did your question about finings get answered?! If the people you're working with are that petty, you don't want them to get in the way of my making a high quality comercially clear beer!
 

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what is the world coming to ? As I told my wife recently, kick that job in the ar$e, the people are not worth the stress... get another. She gave notice, within a week she has another job and is knocking back offers.
 

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Hello friends,

Just a quick note to share with you my story,

Yesterday afternoon I posted a question on AHB about using finings as a clearing agent in beer. Was on the forum for about 5 mins in the afternoon checking the comments.

Not long after was asked to step into the directors office and was sacked because I was seen by one of the other employees on a forum.

Hasn't phases me at all! My love of beer is greater than any job! I'd rather visit this place and read / post things that I love as oppose to working to for an organisation that is completely retarted!

Thanks you to all at Aussie Home Brew!
Mate honestly sad to hear your bad news but honestly I am surprised that more people on this forum dont get called into the boss's office. You get paid to work and thats fair because thats why you get paid, if you visit legit web sites in your break's then that's fair too. Sounds like your employer had it in for you and this may be the excuse they were looking for. Fight it with your union or local MP.

GB
 

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Take em to the cleaners sunshine, the world doesn't need pricks like them. :beerbang:
 

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AHB is a wonderful place for legal advice.
 
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