Parking inspectors sacked after body camera records them bagging their boss

Sam Hussey

Two Sydney parking inspectors have been sacked after they were recorded slagging off their boss on a body mounted camera.

The two female employees of Sydney's Inner West Council, one a casual and another a full-time worker, did not know their conversation was recorded on camera.

The workers were dismissed despite the council's policy that all conversations recorded between employees are private.

Parking inspectors across the country started wearing the body mounted cameras following a rise in verbal and physical attacks. Source: AAP

Union representatives are calling the move "an unprecedented breach in relation to workplace surveillance".

The casual worker told News Corp that she was not the one bagging their employer but she was still fired because she had listened to her colleague run her mouth.

“I can’t believe the council fired me like this right before Christmas,” the 27-year-old officer said.

Parking inspectors rallied in Melbourne in 2016, complaining that a local council's revenue raising practices were putting them in danger. Source: AAP

The WOLFCOM body cameras were introduced following a sharp rise in attacks on officers in Marrickville, Ashfield and Leichardt areas and are designed to only record when an officer presses down on the camera, however it is believed the full-time employee accidentally switched hers on after a dinner break.

Weight, race and infidelity were just some of the topics that landed the pair in hot water but when the worker realised her camera was on, she contacted the council’s IT officer and requested the footage be deleted from the server.

Adelaide parking inspectors were among the first to undertake a trial with the body worn cameras after officers said they felt unprotected. Source: 7 News

Days later the full-time worker was reportedly handed a transcript listing the most damning comments, prompting her immediate resignation, while the contractor was fired over the phone.

With a final parting shot, the now unemployed contractor revealed how parking inspectors targeted specific areas, among those, the Enmore theatre.

“We give them 10 minutes grace and then we start booking. We go when they are all in the theatre,” she added.

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