|Issue No 122||07 December 2001|
Progress in Email Privacy Push
The union push for email privacy in the workplace has received a boost with the release of a long-awaited law reform Commission Report into surveillance.
The Interim Report, tabled in the NSW Parliament by Attorney General Bob Debus this week, recommends that the right to email privacy at work be recognized for the first time.
The report calls for email surveillance to be included in a broader privacy regime - with codes for both overt and covert surveillance based on the successful video surveillance legislation introduced in 1998.
Debus says he'll work through the report with colleagues Industrial Relations Minister John Della Bosca and Police Minister Michael Costa before developing a formal government response to the report.
The NSW Labor Council has been advocating for email privacy safeguards to match the video surveillance laws for more than three years, with the new IT Workers Alliance planning to campaign around the issue over Christmas.
Interview: Reality Bytes
Labor's IT spokeswoman Kate Lundy on how a third Howard Government will hurt the IT industry.
Unions: My Way or the Highway
Since 1997, workers employed by Serco/Great Southern Railways, have been locked in a struggle with their employer to have their choice of industrial instrument recognised.
Legal: Three Degrees of Contract
Marian Baird argues there is a need to more fully understand what workers, employers and our society expect from the employment relationship.
International: Bogota Terror
The assassination of a Colombian unionist has prompted international outrage.
History: Freedom or 'Federation'?
Mark Hearn and Greg Patmore argue that the journey to federation was not a one-way street.
Health: Wearing the Right Genes to Work?
Matt Brooks tracks the DNA trail to discover genetic testing in the workplace is already here.
Satire: Demidenko Releases New Book About Her Life As Afghan Refugee
Controversial author Helen Demidenko has written a brand new novel based on her gripping true life experiences as an Afghan refugee.
Review: Can Blinky Bill Save Unions?
Neale Towart browses the kiddies' shelves to find an Australian icon with a union-friendly message.
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