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Unifor to testify against workplace surveillance


Unifor National - Ottawa

Feb. 13, 2018

Unifor will take its battle with the federal government over proposed workplace surveillance legislation to the Senate on Tuesday.

"Video-recording workers on the job is a surveillance tool, pure and simple," said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. "We've campaigned against this over-reach from employers from the start. Managerial video surveillance cannot become the government standard."

WHAT: Unifor testimony to the Senate Committee on Transport and Communications
WHEN: 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, February 13, 2018
WHERE: Room 2, Victoria Building, Ottawa (telecast link)
WHO: Bruce Snow, Unifor Rail Sector Director

Bill C-49, An Act to amend the Canada Transportation Act and other Acts respecting transportation and to make related and consequential amendments to other Acts, proposes to require all railway operators install and utilize Locomotive Voice and Video Recorders (LVVRs). Unifor says the government has provided little evidence to demonstrate how LVVRs will be an improvement over the "black box" data recorders already installed on trains.

Unifor is deeply committed to the safety of its members and the communities in which they work. However Bill C-49 marks a significant intrusion on the privacy of employees in the railway industry in exchange for a very limited benefit to rail safety. If open-ended surveillance of the kind proposed in Bill C-49 is allowed to become law, it sets a dangerous precedent for workers in other sectors.

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