The number of disciplinary cases requiring RFU representation relating to social media has fallen over the last 18 months. This is clearly a move in the right direction and due to a number of reasons including greater awareness by operational staff of what is and is not treated as being acceptable by local FRS.
The application ‘WhatsApp’ is being used by Retained stations as an effective means of communicating with colleagues and specifically to ensure crew members are available to keep appliances on the run.
However, we would strongly advise members to treat WhatsApp in the same way as they would other forms of social media such as facebook, as it is open to the same pitfalls as has been demonstrated with recent union cases.
If you require further advice please contact your local representative.