|Issue No 40||19 November 1999|
Rail Authorities Back Down on Surveillance.
The State Rail Authority has agreed to drop disciplinary charges against staff based on secret monitoring of data captured in automatic ticketing machines.
The Australian Services Union had accused management of Big Brother tactics after charges were laid against 10 staff members, based on information captured in the State Rail computer system, for allegedly claiming pay when they were not at work.
Of the 10 employees charged, five were completely exonerated, three received final warnings and two were dismissed, and subsequently redeployed on suspension with pay whilst an independent review of the dismissals is undertaken.
"At the end of all this, the SRA has invested hundreds of hours pursuing this group of workers to discover that nine hours were not worked, but claimed over six months," ASU services branch assistant secretary George Panigiris says.
In a hearing before the Australian Industrial Relations Commission this week, the SRA agreed it would not use this type of information in disciplinary investigations until protocols are negotiated with the Labor Council and rail unions.
Labor Council acting secretary John Robertson welcomed then outcome, saying there had been undertakings
Country Rail Unrest Threatens to Escalate
Meanwhile, country rail services were disrupted this week when workers at the Broadmeadow Train Control Centre walked out for 24 hours.
The stike was called after the State Rail Authority refused to pay an eight per cent wage rise handed down in the Australian Industrial Relations Commission.
Senior deputy president Lea Drake awarded the increase under the work value principle after new 91 wagon trains were introduced.
ASU assistant secretary George Panigiris says the decision to appeal the increase rather than pay up was "outrageous and an insult to Labor's traditional support base".
The issue was resolved late Friday following the intervention of Transport Minister Carl Scully and the NSW Labor Council.
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