Unions are calling for organisations to adopt the measure
Is the right to disconnect the antithesis of the right to work flexibility? That’s a question employers in Australia may soon have to tackle with their staff. Unions in the public sector are now lobbying for employees’ right to decline calls and messages from their bosses that fall outside their work hours. The right to disconnect, which was first instituted in France in response to the “always on” modern work culture, is currently making headlines in Australia after Victoria police staff successfully negotiated its inclusion in their contracts. The provision means managers cannot force workers to take a call except in emergency situations.