The Australian Federal Police is investigating Telstra for alleged breaches of the Telecommunications Interception Act, according to an Australian IT report.
The move follows a request by the Communications Electrical and Plumbing Union, which claims Telstra management secretly listened in on member-only conference calls to gain advantage in an industrial battle over better pay conditions for workers.
Union members say Telstra’s alleged spying allowed it to counter major incidences of industrial action that would have affected the supply of key communication services to some of Telstra’s large corporate customers.
The Oz says the matter was referred to the AFP at the start of this month and a federal agent is investigating the claims. The feds aren’t commenting.