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Security firm forces workers to download tracking software to personal phones

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09 Apr 2019
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GMB, the union for security staff, has hit out at a ‘big brother’ company for forcing workers to download spying software to their personal mobile phones.

Churchill Security has written to employees saying they are ‘expected’ to use the application which will ‘track locations’ and ‘update you of shift changes’.

This is appalling behaviour from a company trying to play big brother to hard working security guards.

Roger Jenkins, GMB National Officer

The letter adds ‘it is the employees responsibility to ensure they have a working mobile phone at all times…disciplinary action may be taken due to an employee failing to comply with mobile phone policies’.

Churchill, based in Chorley, employs more than 160 people in across the UK, including in Cardiff Bay, Cheltenham, Watford, Milton Keynes, Bromley, Abingdon and London.

Roger Jenkins, GMB National Officer, said:churchill

“This is appalling behaviour from a company trying to play big brother to hard working security guards.

“Our members are performing a difficult, dangerous job with enormous responsibility.

“These are the people we rely on, the first on the scene after atrocities like Westminster Bridge or the Manchester Arena.

“What they don’t need is employers making their job even harder, expecting them to download spy software onto their personal phones and tracking their every move.

“GMB calls on Churchill to do the decent thing and stop trying to force this totalitarian technology on security staff.”

 
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