Inspire : Public Works July Aug 2012
47 union concerns Since the introduction of GPS trackers in local government vehicles, there have been concerns from workers about excessive monitoring. The United Services Union has represented workers in several disputes related to GPS tracking. A Union spokeswoman says there was an ongoing concern about GPS tracker information being misused as a disciplinary tool targeting staff. “These disputes have resulted in memorandums of understanding between the union and the council about the appropriate use of this technology,” she says. “The union would encourage councils considering the introduction of this technology to discuss the initiative with the union first.” But it is not always contentious. Mackay Regional Council recently developed a policy and presented it for negotiation with the union. Peter Shuttlewood, from the Council, says the discussions were very smooth. “There wasn’t much on it for the union to address,” he says. “The Council withdrew some items before the policy was put up for negotiation because we thought they might be contentious, but the union actually wanted those items back in.” five other uses for gps in council vehicles 1 Distress calls: security personnel can intervene in a matter of minutes should operators be subjected to an attack 2 Recovery of stolen equipment such as mowers 3 Tracking of wear and tear on vehicles and service alerts 4 Allows garbage truck drivers to keep track of the exact house they are up to when they have to head back to empty the truck 5 Road defect reporting cost The initial outlay will be $800 to $2000 per sweeper, depending on the system. Ongoing monthly costs are about $35 to $50 each. save the date BIGmate will be presenting at the IPWEA Plant and Vehicle Management Seminars in September to provide further information on GPS in local government fleets. For more information, visit www.ipwea.org.au/fleet or contact firstname.lastname@example.org continue tHe conversAtion Have your say on this story. Go to http://goo.gl/2SCZd to comment on this article.
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