Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Xerox workers to strike over satellite tracking plan


Over 250 Xerox workers will go on strike this morning over plans to use global positioning system technology (GPS) to track them throughout their day.

Australian Services Union president Sally McManus says the proposal affects workers who repair Xerox photocopiers and other equipment in offices around Melbourne and Sydney.

Ms McManus says most technicians use their cars as an office and their daily movements are already monitored heavily by the company.

She says being monitored by satellite GPS technology is excessive.

"That will continually monitor and check where they are," she said.

"We say that Xerox technicians are already highly monitored and their work performance can be measured in every which way and that this is just one more step towards 'Big Brother' that the members, the workers, aren't prepared to take."

By Privacy and Just Us 22 September 04

Ed: First they came for the prisoners and then they came for the workers.

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