Friday, 17 April 2009

Hammersmith & Fulham council spies on staff

surveillanceAs this blog has grown in readership I have started to get a reasonably steady stream of ideas for stories from people. Everyone has their own agenda of course and I generally don't run things that are obviously partisan or pro/anti a particular group. And this extends to the Council with whom I have some disagreements.

However it is very obvious to me both from the number of council employees who contact me and other websites around that our Council seems to have appalling industrial relations with its staff at the moment. One or two people with axes to grind could be expected of any organisation of any size but the almost constant stream of stories we get about upset staff at H&F never seems to end.

Now we have news that the Council is in fact using measures that were brought in to combat terrorism as a means of spying on its own employees, who in some cases are suspected of fraud. Quite apart from whether it is right to use legislation which was never intended to be used in this way, what does this say about the efectiveness or efficiency of our local authority if relations between those in charge and those who actually do the work are so bad that they resort to this?

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