||Issue No. 312||23 June 2006|
Striking Out Rights
Interview: Rock Solid
Industrial: Eight Simple Rules for Employing My Teenage Daughter
Politics: The Johnnie Code
Energy: Fission Fantasies
History: All The Way With Clarrie O'Shea
International: Closer to Home
Economics: Taking the Fizz
Unions: Stronger Together
Review: Montezuma's Revenge
Poetry: Fair Go Gone
The Locker Room
Hands Off Our Vital Stats
New research shows an overwhelming majority of Australians want to know when their personal details are sent offshore because companies have outsourced jobs.
The research, commissioned by the Service Unions of Australia, representing more than 500,000 workers, finds 85 per cent of people believe it should make be compulsory for companies to disclose when data is stored in a foreign country.
Finance, communications and airline companies are leading the off-shoring surge as they move to dump Australian worker. Just last week, Telstra announced plans to dump another 2600 people.
Companies including AXA, ANZ, Coles Myer, Citigroup, Diners Club, Hutchison, NAB, Westpac, Optus, Telstra and Qantas have already off-shored work in IT, data processing and call centres.
The McNair Ingenuity Research, of 501 people surveyed nationally, showed:
- 89 percent believe the federal government should act to protect Australian workers from losing jobs offshore
- 85 percent believe the Government should require all financial institutions to disclose whether they store customer information overseas
- and 90 per cent said they would choose a business that stored their information in Australia rather than overseas.
The research also found specific concern over Qantas's plan to offshore work, with 86 percent agreeing Qantas should keep jobs in Australia.
A joint union policy paper, released with the research, shows that two million Australian jobs, across all sectors, could be sent offshore (based on OECD projections).
It recommends federal government legislation requiring companies to gain the express permission of consumers before any financial or personal information is sent offshore.
The unions involved in the project are the Finance Sector Union (FSU), the Australian Services Union (ASU), the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) and the Communications Division of the CEPU.
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