Two-year Old Accidentally Leaks News Of A Plot To Lock Out Protesters When Playing With Phone, Firstnumber Advises Parental Caution
Released on: May 31, 2011, 6:47 am
Following news that a two-year-old girl accidentally leaked
plans to lock out dock workers in Australia, cheap call provider
Firstnumber advises parents to keep their mobiles to themselves.
Shipping company Patrick Stevedores has been caught planning to lock wharfs in
Australia out of the docks, thanks to the curiosity of a two-year-old.
The revelation has caused relationships between opposing sides of a long running
disagreement between dock workers, with some saying the dispute could reignite
disagreements first aired in 1998. According to the Herald Sun, this could put the
jobs of hundreds of Melbourne workers at risk.
News of the potential lock out was accidentally leaked after the lead negotiator,
Mick O'Leary, was found to have left an inflammatory voicemail on the mobile phone
of his union counterpart. However, O'Leary was not aware he was being recorded at
the time, and the message was left accidentally when his two-year-old niece dialled
the number of Garry Keane while playing with his phone.
In the controversial three minute recording, O'Leary can be heard detailing a plan
to take on dock workers. The incident has prompted Firstnumber, international call experts, to issue
a reminder to parents. "There are few things as tempting to young children as
phones, especially of the mobile variety. There's something about the shape, size
and the air of the forbidden that makes them magnets for small hands.
"Smartphones have only increased the appeal, and many parents are happy to hand
over their gadgets for the sake of a few peaceful minutes. However, these phones
aren't made for children."
Following the discovery of the message, which suggests that Patrick will lock dock
workers out for a month beginning at the start of June, union officials have spoken
out about the tactics employed by the lead negotiator and the shipping company.
O'Leary, who was once himself an official of the Maritime Union of Australia has
attracted criticism from the organization. Responding to claims that Patrick was
planning to reignite the worst of the 1998 dispute, a spokesperson for the company
claimed that O'Leary was not speaking for the company, and that he had exceeding
Patrick now claims a 'lock out' is a last resort. However, the damage to its and
O'Leary's reputation may already be done opines cheap mobile call providers Firstnumber. A spokesperson
elaborated: "It's an unfortunate situation for Mr O'Leary to find himself in.
Obviously his plans were not meant to be shared, and we have no way of knowing how
accurate his message was.
"Anyone who is tempted to treat their phone like a toy should think back to this
situation. While phones are becoming ever more sophisticated, and adding an ever
growing number of bells and whistles, it's a good idea to remember that the
information you share over them can have a serious, and long lasting effect. "
Firstnumber.co.uk is an online phone directory offering direct dial access codes
that reduce the cost of making international calls from a UK landline.
Firstnumber.co.uk was launched in 2004 and is a trading style of Wavecrest.
First Number / WaveCrest,
1st Floor, Bishopsgate Court,
4-12 Norton Folgate,
London E1 6DB.
Enquiries: 0870 801 7800
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