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Stop workplace video surveillance!

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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Campaign Updates

Unifor to testify against workplace surveillance

2/13/2018 -

Ottawa—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.

For more information, please contact Unifor Communications Representative Ian Boyko at ian.boyko@unifor.org or 778-903-6549 (cell).

Rail workers continue the fight against surveillance

11/20/2017 -

Ottawa—Unifor rail workers are back in Ottawa this week to urge senators to amend the government bill authorizing workplace surveillance (Bill C-49).

“C-49 was rushed and will have widespread implications for workers in every sector,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “The federal government has simply not done its homework on these extraordinary surveillance measures.”

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, proceeded rapidly through the House of Commons and is proceeding to second reading in the Senate this month.

The bill 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 submitted a formal response in August and hopes to have the LVVR measures scrapped altogether or be overseen by strict regulation that prevent employers from accessing footage for punitive purposes.

For more information, please contact Unifor Communications Representative Ian Boyko at ian.boyko@unifor.org or 778-903-6549 (cell).

Unifor sends concerns to Privacy Commissioner

10/31/2017 -

Ottawa—Unifor has taken its concerns about pending workplace surveillance legislation to the federal Privacy Commissioner in an open letter published today.

“There is a dangerous precedent buried in Bill C-49,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “Recording workers on the job is a violation of basic privacy rights.”

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.

“Open-ended workplace surveillance cannot become the norm in Canada,” said Bruce Snow, Unifor Rail Director. “Legislation like C-49 is the thin end of a wedge towards normalizing privacy violations in other workplaces.”

The open letter and Unifor’s submission to the government can be downloaded from Unifor’s website.