ERMS Blacklist WhatsApp Group Set Up By WattElectricalNews
Summary: Several weeks ago we posted a story about the ERMS blacklist and had quite a bit of feedback about it. Today, we would like to begin finding out your experiences regarding this.....
NOTE: THE ERMS WHATSAPP GROUP HAS BEEN CLOSED DOWN DUE TO LACK OF INTEREST (21st June 2017)
The Employment Relations Management System (ERMS) is supposedly an employee database that records information on workers who have been employed by resource companies and contractors. These companies ultimately use this database to select - or not select - workers for future employment. It allows companies to collect and share information they have on employees to aid in managing work forces for projects. Several companies that we’ve been told which use this system are Rio Tinto, BHP, Lend Lease, and Monadelphous, amongst others.
WattElectricalNews has found that many people who have worked for one or more of these companies have felt that they are unable to obtain work anymore which they feel is because of potentially negative information about them being placed into this system. Perhaps they have done things which make employing them a risk, which is why this system was probably thought up in the first place. But we’ve heard people being on the ERMS for refusing to do something they objected to morally or being dobbed in for doing what they thought was the right thing at that time and then inadvertently being caught up in its web.
With this being the case, ERMS is doubling up as a discriminatory system for what it classifies as unwanted types of workers, whether this is justified or not.
Someone may easily argue that no, it isn’t, and if you doubt it, you can pay a small fee to see what this database says about you and what you’ll find there is just basic information about yourself in the system.
However, there has been mention of obscure codes or references that people couldn’t really decipher unless they already knew what they meant. Codes that could say whether a worker is one worth hiring or implying that the worker should never be hired by any company using this system. Or, in other words, “blacklisting” the individual.
Now if the individual has been discriminated against - and especially if there is insufficient reason for this, then it is a grossly unfair system.
This could mean individuals would have real difficulties finding real work in the future with this situation and having no course for redress. Even criminals who go to jail and then come out after they’ve done their time get this leeway, so why are workers being put through this system, especially those who feel they’ve done nothing wrong?
Who acts as the judge and jury for this system?
Are you a worker who feels that you have been blacklisted by this system? Is there even some super-secret system at all bent on getting rid of troublesome workers in the first place? We need to get to the bottom of this. We at WattElectricalNews have set up a WhatsApp group to help draw out these issues and this WhatsApp group can be accessed via any mobile. To obtain this link email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We would very much like to get people on to this group and then have an open discussion about it. If there really is a discriminatory system set up, and this is unjustified, then something should be done about it. Perhaps collectively we can approach a legal firm, especially one who works on an outcomes basis, to get to the bottom of this. Let’s get the discussion started.
By: Ray Pavri & Elijah Lavallee