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Shell has confirmed monitoring of employee postings on social media

Norske Shell whistleblower, Runar Kjørsvik

Shell employees be warned. Big Brother Shell has confirmed the monitoring of employee postings on social media.

By John Donovan

Just over a year ago, I published an extraordinary series of articles about sinister conduct at Norske Shell, the Norwegian subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell Plc.

Links are provided below in date order.

A Shell Upstream Director admitted in writing that a culture of fear existed among employees at the Nyhamna Gas Plant.

One of the articles focussed on allegations that Shell was spying on its own employees. Runar Kjørsvik, a whistleblower from the Shell Nyhamna Gas Plant, had discovered to his shock and horror that Shell was in possession of surveillance photographs of him taken by persons unknown. He alleges that Shell used undercover agents to spy on him.

We now have evidence from a global news organisation that the Safe union representing Shell Norske employees confirmed its suspicions about how Shell knew so much about union activity and that Shell had spied on Runar Kjørsvik via social media.  Shell argues that this is acceptable because social media postings are in the public domain.

Employees should bear this news in mind before posting any negative comments on social media about Shell. Big brother Shell is no doubt keeping records for potential use against what Shell considers to be disloyal employees. So much for free speech.

Shell suspended then closed down its own Internet forum “Tell Shell”, after initially inviting ALL comments. Shell’s then HR boss Jon Hofmeister had claimed:

We genuinely do welcome all comments, positive and negative. We also believe that employees must be able to speak out without fear of rebuke or retribution. We are realistic enough to understand that for some people – leaders and staff -this could yet mean a change in attitude, but it is a change we are determined to work for.

Shell subsequently decided that promoting free speech about the company was not a good idea.  (see Shell employees must be able to speak out without fear of retribution)

Runar Kjørsvik served related proceedings on Shell earlier this month, which has been duly acknowledged by Shell’s legal department. His battle against Shell goes on. 

RELATED

Climate of fear at Shell Nyhamna Gas Plant in Norway: 

Shell trying to ignore media firestorm in Norway: 

Informers regime at Shell Nyhamna Gas Plant: 4 March 2018

SHOW TRIAL OF A SHELL NORWAY SAFETY REP: 7 March 2018

Employees Exposed to Benzene Contamination at Shell Nyhamna Gas Plant: 11 March 2018

Web Attack on Whistleblower by Shell Upstream Director: 

LEAKED EMAIL FROM SHELL MD TOR ARNESEN ABOUT SHELL SPYING ON ITS OWN EMPLOYEES: 15 March 2017

Shell Upstream Director Admits Culture of Fear Among Shell Employees: 20 March 2018

A/S Norske Shell Secret Meeting With Whistleblower: 22 March 2017

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