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CWU queries Telstra on vehicle monitoring

The CWU has queried Telstra about its use of Trimble, a vehicle monitoring programme, following reports from members about new features of the system being trialled.

Trimble is a GPS-based vehicle tracking system that Telstra currently uses to monitor vehicle speeds. Telstra says its fleet is now using the same system to trial reporting on harsh braking and turning.

CWU members have raised concerns that the trial is a step towards further intrusions into their daily working lives and that the increased monitoring will be used for disciplinary purposes.

Telstra has told us that the chief aim of the trial is to improve workplace health and safety but have not denied that if the results indicate unsafe driving they could lead to conduct/performance management procedures.

Any members who are faced with disciplinary procedures on the basis of these new metrics should contact their CWU state branch.

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