Ford has suspended three workers at its Dagenham plant in Essex after they were discovered accessing pornographic material on the net.
The company has launched an investigation after managers became suspicious of the activities of some workers before Christmas.
“The investigation was sparked after a routine search of the network to ensure that it was being used for business purposes,” said a Ford spokesman.
He added, “We do not believe that any of those involved were visiting websites or trading in pornographic material. Until our investigation is complete we cannot provide further details.”
The investigation is expected to last for the next few weeks with the employees facing dismissal if the allegations are proven.
The Dagenham plant in Essex employs 600 workers.
By Karen Higginbottom