Technological Change: PSAC Policy 20

Development of the 'micro-chip' has resulted in many new computer applications. The impact is being felt in the office as new office equipment based on the technology becomes cost efficient. Whether or not the technology is used in the best interest of workers will depend on how and why it is introduced. It is imperative that the Alliance be involved in the decisions regarding its introduction and be prepared to meet the challenges it presents. To this end, the Alliance shall:

1. include in all collective agreements a comprehensive definition of technological change to cover both changes in work methods and the introduction of equipment that is different in nature, type or quantity from that previously utilized;

2. include in all collective agreements a requirement for a minimum of six months' advance notice of the introduction of technological change. The advance notice shall include a detailed report on the change to be introduced and a detailed description of all foreseeable effects on workers;

3. include in all collective agreements a provision for adequate training and career development for workers affected by technological change;

4. ensure that health and safety is protected by negotiating appropriate working conditions;

5. ensure that human needs and values are considered in decisions regarding work organization;

6. ensure the membership receive adequate education as to the nature of the technology and its effects and prepare the membership to contribute to the proper design of the work environment when the technology is introduced, to ensure membership support for technological change issues brought to the negotiating table;

7. continue efforts to reduce working hours and to increase paid leave as a means of sharing the increased productivity resulting from office automation; and

8. undertake research on the effects of technological change.


September 21, 1990