|Issue No 43||24 February 2000|
Office Email Access for All
The NSW Law Reform Commission has been urged to provide all workers with the right to receive union information by office email.
The NSW Labor Council has made the plea in its submission to the Commission's long-running inquiry into surveillance.
The Council says that provisions in a ground-breaking public sector agreement struck last year should become standard for all employees.
"Reasonable personal use of the Internet and E-mail should be consistent with such use of the
telephone. It can include two way communication on trade union matters," the document states.
Accredited trade union delegates should be provided with reasonable access for authorised union activities."
The provisions are contained in the NSW Premiers Department "Policy and Guidelines for the Use by Staff of Employer Communication Devices".
NSW Labor Council secretary Michael Costa says a union's right to access an office email system is akin to its right to use the staff noticeboard to disseminate information to members.
"As we move towards the electronic office, online rights are becoming an important part of trade union infrastructure," Costa says.
The push for Online Rights is part of a growing international campaign to secure online rights, amidst increasing evidence of heavy-handed employer tactics, culminating in one US firm gaining a court order to inspect the home computers of employees.
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