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This is a extract of the policy that is not a controlled document.
Refers to social media sites, tools and platforms that provide users with infrastructure and resources to connect and communicate with each other and share and exchange content or information.
They include but are not limited to:
o social networking sites - e.g. Facebook, MySpace, Bebo, Google Plus, Tumblr, LinkedIn
o video and photo sharing websites - e.g. YouTube, Flickr, Instagram
micro-blogging sites - e.g. Twitter
o forums and discussion boards - e.g. Whirlpool, Yahoo! Groups, Google Groups
o blogs, including corporate blogs, personal blogs and blogs hosted by traditional media outlets
o online encyclopaedias – e.g. Wikipedia
o instant messaging software/applications e.g. MSN, WhatsApp, iMessage, QQ, WeChat, Skype
o any other websites that allow individual users or organisations to use simple self publishing tools.
Includes but is not limited to posting, blogging, tweeting, uploading photographs, commenting, sharing, liking and re-tweeting content on social media.
Staff must not:
use their work email address;
use a Transport agency or NSW Government logo or insignia;
impersonate another staff member;
publish content likely to bring the Transport cluster into disrepute;
make disparaging comments about work colleagues;
post material that is, or might be construed as offensive, obscene, defamatory, hateful, racist, sexist, infringes copyright, constitutes a contempt of court or is otherwise unlawful;
imply that they are authorised to speak as a representative of a Transport agency or the NSW Government, or give the impression that the views they express are those of the Transport cluster or the Government; and / or
post material that is, or might be construed as, threatening, harassing, bullying or discriminatory towards other staff of the Transport Cluster.
Transport recommends that staff do not post any work related phone numbers on social media. Publishing a work phone number (even a ported personal mobile number) may identify the staff member as part of the Transport cluster.
This section also applies to:
social media activities undertaken by staff members anonymously;
staff members who contribute articles to social media as subject matter experts or members of a professional network (e.g. project management or engineering technology) are also subject to the External Papers, Reports and Presentations Process.
, I don't see any difference with what this social media policy is saying and the Air Force example put up before. Both are saying don't act in a way that brings the company into disrepute, don't use it to bully people and don't make your comments as i they reflect the views of the company. The Air Force one does come with happy music to help it go down, I'll give you that, but at the roots, they're saying the same thing.
The Sydney Trains excerpt doesn't say anything about not being able to voice your grievances with work, just that you need to not be offensive about it. I don't see anything in that guidance stopping you posting that you disagree with the uniform choice or that you dislike the current timetable (if so), only that your comments aren't to be racist, defamatory, or sexist, etc.
Given how worked up about this that you are, I'd say you're annoyed with the company about some other issue(s) and you may have understood the policy through already being in that state of mind. Don't take this the wrong way, but I suggest you talk it out with someone mate. Management, the Union, whoever you need to. This social media policy really isn't as ominous or draconian as it sounds.
You're clearly passionate about the job otherwise you wouldn't be posting your grievances online. Find it. Enjoy it again.
All the best.