23 Dec '11, 1pm

Volkswagen gives employees break from their Blackberrys

Volkswagen gives employees break from their Blackberrys

Employees at German car maker Volkswagen will now be free from emails on their Blackberrys, at least during after-work hours and at weekends. -- PHOTO: AFP FRANKFURT (AFP) - Are you fed up with your Blackberry because it effectively puts you on call for your employer 24/7? Are you a slave to its blinking red light and the vibrating alarm that tells you you have a new email? Well, if you're an employee at German car maker Volkswagen, you will now be officially released from the tyranny of the little electronic ball and chain in future, at least during after-work hours and at weekends. 'A deal has been reached' with labour representatives and the mighty IG Metall union under which the carmaker's server will no longer transmit emails to thousands of employees' company Blackberrys between 6.15pm (1.15pm Singapore time) and 7.00am, a spokesman told AFP. The 'truce' was 'already...

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