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IT @ Work

Every time you log into your machine at work, you agree to an ‘acceptable use policy’ which allows the employer to monitor your input to ensure you are not engaging in any activity that could be harmful, malicious, in breach of the Data Protection Act, or bring the department into disrepute.

Everything you type into your computer keyboard, and every click of the mouse may be recorded and can be traced back to you. This is why you should always lock your workstation, even if you are leaving your desk for just a few moments, to prevent unauthorised access to customer data traceable to your profile.

There is another side to this, however. Although the employer’s guidance on acceptable use involves reasonable internet access during your own time, your usernames, passwords, and any other personal data you enter are recorded. Whilst we would not expect this data to be misused in any way, it means that any private data you input onto your workstation is not as private as you might think.

Therefore it is our recommendation that you do not use your workstation for any website that requires you to log in or enter any kind of personal data. This includes social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, online banking, and anything else that should remain private and secure.

If you do want to access websites like this, during your own time, then please feel free to come down to the Learning Resource Centre on the 4th floor where we have  computers available, independant of the employer’s network, for you to use. You will still be expected to abide by the same behaviours as you would at your workstation.

For details about your Learning Resource Centre and the benefits your Union Learning team can provide, please contact your rep, or click here.

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Launch of Your New PCS South Wales R&C Branch Website

launchWelcome to your new PCS branch website!

Your website is intended to keep you up to date on news, campaigns, and to support you as a PCS South Wales member.

Content will be updated regularly so don’t forget to bookmark this site!

Some content has already been added, and as the site continues to develop, the level of interactivity will grow. You, as a PCS South Wales Member will soon be able to comment and feedback on the website. In the mean time, have a look around and let your rep know if you have any reasonable suggestions for the website.

News: This is where all main announcements and information that effects our members will be posted. Announcements and information on the 800 Club draw will also be included here.

Calendar: Any events or deadlines we believe will be useful to know will be attached to the calendar here. Clicking on the event will bring up more information about it.

Ask PCS South Wales: Do you have any questions for the union? We intend to give members the opportunity to ask questions about anything from campaigns, to what we do as your reps. Any published questions and answers will be answered by the most appropriate rep, and members will be kept anonymous.

Union Learning: PCS South Wales isn’t just about campaigns and action. We also help with learning in the workplace, through courses, learning initiatives, and access to a quiet learning environment for research and/or computer use in the Learning Resource Centre. This section will have useful information published shortly.

Library: Information from PCS bulletins, as well as other useful materials, will be stored here for you to access in case you miss anything.

PCS Reps: Coming soon, find out who your reps are and how to contact them.

Hot Topics: These tags are intended to help you find information linked to popular subjects. This will change regularly as the site develops.

Use the magnifying glass at the top right of the page to search for any specific information you are looking for.

In the mean time I hope you like your new look website and will visit us regularly!

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