The Industrial Society and the TUC have published their own set
of guidelines on sending and receiving e-mails at work and called on employers
to draw up an e-mail code with them to end the confusion.
The guidelines call on companies to check e-mails for
obscene, indecent or racist material but to also allow occasional responsible
use of e-mails for personal reasons.
Companies should ensure e-mails from union reps to members
are confidential and remind employees their e-mails could be checked in their
absence, they say.