• Nearly three-quarters of major US firms (73.5 per cent) record and review employee communications and activities on the job, including their phone calls, e-mail, Internet connections, and computer files, according to research by the American Management Association. The figure has doubled since 1997, when AMA inaugurated its annual survey, and has increased significantly over the past year. Additional forms of monitoring and surveillance, such as reviewing phone logs or video taping for security purposes, bring the overall figure on electronic oversight to 78 per cent, up from the previous year's 67 per cent. On average, 88 per cent of companies engaged in any such practices inform their employees of their policies.
Cabbies face highest death risk in the States
• US cab drivers are far more likely to be murdered on the job than any other worker according to an analysis of figures for the past decade by USA Today. It has a higher death rate than those jobs considered highly dangerous, such as police officers, security guards and till operatives. The review of Department of Labor data shows that during the 1990s, the homicide rate for cabbies averaged 30 for every 100,000 workers. USA Today claims the level is more than four times the rate for police work, which had a rate of 6.8 per 100,000. The national average was 0.6. On average, 67 cabbies are killed a year, or one every five days. Though they make up only 0.02 per cent of the American workforce, taxi drivers account for 7 per cent of workplace homicides. USA Today
Study shows decline in Dutch union interest
• Fewer members than before participate actively in Dutch trade union activities, and those who do, find that their voices are not sufficiently heard, according to a Gallup study. The largest group of members is formed from those who fail to turn up at union meetings in the workplace, and who primarily see their trade union as a "service shop". However, a large majority supports trade unions as a necessary institution. The study indicates that while 12 per cent of LO members surveyed were shop stewards, employee representatives or held similar union posts in 1992, today this figure is 8 per cent. In 1992, 44 per cent of members had attended a union meeting at the workplace or in the trade union within the past 12 months; today