Volvo corporate dictatorship over workers

This video from the USA says about itself:

We at UAW 2069 located in Dublin Virginia are on strike since Feb 1, 2008 at 12:01pm all UAW workers walked out due to a contract agreement that has yet to be met at this time. … We all are very upset with this and all of us UAW workers are working 24 hours around the clock picketing. Other UAW and USW of America have been supporting by standing with signs walking the picket line with us. We would all like to thanks those that are supporting.

From The Local in Sweden:

Workers canned for ‘disloyal’ Facebook post

Published: 3 Jan 11 10:41 CET

Three workers at at a Volvo engine plant in central Sweden were given their marching orders after one of them described his place of work as a ‘madhouse’ in a Facebook status update.

During a break at work one of the workers updated his Facebook status with the words, “One work day of the week to go in this madhouse”, the local Skaraborgs Allehanda newspaper reports.

What took the man less than thirty seconds to write cost him his job. Upon viewing the man’s status update, his employers interpreted the post as disloyal and sent the man packing.

Two colleagues were also fired for commenting on the post, according to several media reports.

Although the man was not a direct employee of Volvo, but was working for a staffing agency, Volvo made it clear that the man was not welcome back.

The fact that he had praised Volvo in other status updates made no difference, according to the Skaraborgs Allehanda.

The man defended himself by saying that he was in a bad mood as his mother was seriously ill. She died two days later.

After taking a three day absence from work, the man returned and was called into a meeting where he learned that he wasn’t welcome back because of what he wrote on Facebook.

The Swedish trade Union organisation LO, which represents 1.5 million workers in Sweden, has no central policy on the use of social media, such as Twitter and Facebook at the place of work.

However, LO ombudsman, Johan Ingelskog is skeptical toward employers who fire workers over what they may write on social media websites.

“If you write something on Facebook, your employer should not be able to sack you for it,” he told The Local on Monday.

Mårten Vikfors, head of media relations at Volvo Group AB, the parent company of Volvo Powertrain, told The Local that employees are welcome to use social media.

“They should, among other things, be judicious and show respect as well as follow the company’s code of conduct,” he said.

“Following the company’s code of conduct” in practice means totalitarian corporate dictatorship over workers’ lives. According to Volvo bosses, workers should have no free speech during work, but also not during breaks and while they are not at work.

Volvo has announced a recall for the 2014-18 V60/S60, 2017-18 S90, 2015-19 V40/V40 Cross Country, 2017-18 S90, 2017-19 V90 Cross Country, 2014-17 XC60, and 2016-18 XC90 over concerns about an issue with the engine valve: here.

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  1. BK tries to fire worker over Facebook post

    UPDATED: 11:35PM Fri, 04 Feb 2011 6:47p.m.

    By Annabelle Jackman and Dan Satherley

    A Dunedin [New Zealand] Burger King employee is fighting to keep her job after posting comments about the fast food outlet on social networking site Facebook.

    Julie Tyler commented that staff are overworked and underpaid, and now her union says she could be dismissed.

    The company denies her disciplinary meeting is solely in relation to the comments, but 3 News has obtained a copy of the letter sent to Ms Tyler, which suggests otherwise.

    Ms Tyler’s worked at Burger King in south Dunedin for 18 months.

    “All that Julie’s done is spoken what is felt, believed by probably the majority of New Zealanders,” says Andrew Tait, Unite union. “That fast food workers are overworked and underpaid.”

    Ms Tyler posted the comment on a friend’s private Facebook page. A colleague spotted it and passed it on to management.

    Burger King say this isn’t first disciplinary action they’ve had to take against Ms Tyler, a fact even she admits.

    “I’ve recently been in trouble for something but that was dropped,” she says.

    Burger King met with Ms Tyler and a union representative this morning, but told 3 News there’s more to it than just a Facebook comment:

    “The union has chosen to single out this incident alone, which is lacking in context. This is not an action brought about solely by the comment posted on Facebook, and to portray it as such is factually inaccurate.”

    But documents provided to 3 News by Unite seem to tell a different story. In the letter Burger King sent to Ms Tyler, the only reason given for potential disciplinary action is the Facebook post – no other reasons are given. There are previous incidents listed, but none of which are to do with the current disciplinary action.

    “This comment by Burger King… is a lie,” says Unite national director Mike Treen.

    “These comments by the company are a serious breach of her privacy and far exceeds any offence she has allegedly caused by talking about being overworked and underpaid on a private site.”

    Ms Tyler says despite her comments on the Facebook page, she enjoys her job and would like to keep it.

    “There’s good points about my job,” she says. “I do like my job but you know, you have bad days.”

    But just whether that will happen may be decided on Tuesday when she meets with Burger King senior management.

    3 News


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