Rolls-Royce sacks five over e-mail

Rolls-Royce has sacked five workers following an investigation into abuse of its e-mail system. The company said 14 people were originally suspended for sending rude jokes and cartoons through internal e-mail last month. The company said regular warnings were given and the consequences of being caught were made clear. `It’s not so much the material […]

Rolls-Royce has sacked five workers following an investigation into abuse of its e-mail system. The company said 14 people were originally suspended for sending rude jokes and cartoons through internal e-mail last month.

The company said regular warnings were given and the consequences of being caught were made clear.

`It’s not so much the material but that it was brought in from outside. That’s the most serious subject,’ said a spokesman.

There was a danger that viruses could be introduced into the company’s IT system, he added.

The sacked workers were considered to have played a `more serious’ role in abusing the system, the spokesman said.

In February, seven workers at AEA Technology resigned over misuse of the company’s internet system.