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Date: Friday September 1, 2006 11:37:00 am | Views: 88
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    Staff walkout at Fuji Xerox prompts “Big Brother” climbdown
    walkout by an estimated 250-plus maintenance and repair staff at Fuji
    Xerox Australia over a proposal to introduce global positioning system
    (GPS) technology to monitor their whereabouts throughout their working
    day has prompted the company to shelve the idea, at least for now.Fuji
    Xerox Australia and the Australian Services Union (ASU) are currently
    undertaking a re-negotiation of Fuji Xerox’s Customer Support
    Organisation enterprise agreement. This agreement covers Fuji Xerox’s
    team of approximately 350 field engineers.As part of this year’s
    re-negotiation, Fuji Xerox’s suggested including technology in
    engineers’ laptops or vehicles, a move which it claimed was in order to
    more easily locate and reclaim laptops or vehicles that were lost or
    stolen, but the ACS rejected the idea, arguing that such a move would
    be “excessive.”NSW and ACT branch president of the ASU, Sally McManus,
    said of the dispute: “We say that Fuji Xerox technicians are already
    highly monitored and their work performance can be measured in every
    which way possible. This is just one more step towards ‘Big Brother’
    that the members aren’t prepared to take.”George Nides, general manager
    of Fuji Xerox’s Customer Support Organisation, said in a statement:
    “Fuji Xerox has no current plans to introduce GPS technology with our
    engineer workforce’s equipment. Our field engineers receive
    industry-leading terms and conditions with salaries well above the
    market rate. We’re very proud of the working environment and culture
    that Fuji Xerox provides and we want that to continue.”While the
    company has no plans to force the issue at present, there may be
    further conflict ahead, with Fuji Xerox refusing to rule out putting
    the proposal forward again in the future.”At a meeting on AUG 9, the
    ASU tabled that it would not accept the use of GPS technology within
    Fuji Xerox’s engineers’ equipment. As a result, FXA has taken this
    issue off the table for this negotiation. However Fuji Xerox wishes to
    protect its ability to implement suitable new technologies in the
    future and not be limited to using out-dated technologies.”The minutes
    of the meeting reflect this and read as follows: “The intent is not to
    limit FXA (Fuji Xerox Australia) to outdated technologies. FXA will
    look at appropriate wording to be included in the CSO EA (Customer
    Support Organisation Enterprise Agreement) .”Nides concluded: “Fuji
    Xerox looks forward to continuing successful negotiations with the ASU
    and discussing all relevant issues.”

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