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Diggers’ Records to be Outsourced?


Staff at the Veterans'Affairs department (DVA) are up in arms over plans to outsource the agency's records management service.

The Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) has expressed serious concerns about handing veterans' medical records to the private sector.

CPSU spokesperson, Sue Mountford, said private sector organisations are not subject to the same privacy provisions as the public sector.

"There is no way of guaranteeing that private sector organisations will not use veterans' records for commercial purposes," Ms Mountford warned.

The CPSU claims regular surveys show veterans are very appreciative of the quality of service provided by DVA staff and have nothing to gain by outsourcing.

"The quality of service we provide to veterans is of paramount importance, especially given their age. Outsourcing of functions will make it harder to meet the needs of veterans, not easier" she said.

The union was calling on DVA management to put the needs of veterans before the Howard government's discredited public sector outsourcing agenda.

A draft Request for Tender (RFT) has been circulated to potential service providers.


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In this issue
Features
*  Interview: In Defence of the Umpire
Australian Industry Group chief Bob Herbert on why the Industrial Relations Commission is worth fighting for.
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*  Unions: Diary of a Dude
One.Tel worker Warren Manners thought he had a dream job and no need for a union. That was until the money ran out.
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*  Legal: Dot.Com Casualties
The high profile collapse of One.Tel had significant implications for its employees. But what about its contractors?
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*  Industrial: The Shopfloor, United
Chris Christodoulou argues that without an active union membership, workplace democracy is just a pipe dream.
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*  International: A Saharawi Woman's Plea
Sydney unionist Stephanie Brennan travelled to Africa to witness first-hand the struggle for independence in West Sahara.
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*  History: Once Were Tuckpointers
Trawling through the files, Paul Howes stumbles upon some unions that represented workers long departed.
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*  Politics: Out Of The Comfort Zone
In his new book, Brett Evans argues that while Labor is honing its reform agenda, it is still struggling to reform itself.
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*  Satire: World Domination
The US has threatened not to pay the UN the money it doesn’t pay anyway.
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*  Review: Wiped Out
Bread and Roses is a new movie about the struggle of invisible office cleaners to gain dignity and respect at work. Pity you won’t see it here.
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»  Public Works Under the Gun
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»  Inner City School Closures
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»  TAB Computers Push Bigger Bets
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»  Shannon Plots Corporate Raid
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»  Stop CSR Militants Wrecking Economy
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»  NRMA Learns From the Big Boys
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»  Diggers’ Records to be Outsourced?
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»  Unions Back Religious Freedoms in Vietnam
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»  Blair's Britain - An Insider Speaks
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»  Workers Online 100th Issue Bash
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»  Activists' Notebook
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Columns
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»  The Locker Room
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»  Trades Hall
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»  Tool Shed
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Letters to the editor
»  The May Day Wash-Out Explained
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»  What's Wrong With Compo?
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