Job losses over eBay 'addiction'

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Three council workers have lost their jobs for spending too long on the internet auction site eBay.
One was sacked and two resigned after managers at Neath Port Talbot council found some staff were spending up to two hours a day on the website.

Union officials have blamed bosses for "putting temptation in their way" - by allowing access to the internet.

The council said it carried out an investigation after officials spent a "significant time" on the internet.

It said another two cases were being investigated while another member of staff had been given a warning.

Union officials said in all, over an 18 month period, up to six council staff had lost their jobs.

The council highlighted "an unacceptable level of usage of shopping, entertainment".

Graham Jones, personnel chief at the council, said: "We have a policy of allowing employees to use the internet in their own time.

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