03:44 pm, Thursday 29 March, 2012
Workers at a New South Wales company will not be required to submit urine sample for drug test, after Fair Work Australia ruled that making employees submit to urine tests for drug use is “unjust and unreasonable.”
ABC News reports that the arbitrator ruled in favour of unions who represented workers from the state-owned energy company who said that oral swabs should be used instead of having urine tests.
Fair Work Australia’s decision was welcomed by the United Services Union.
“The tribunal took a view that drug testing is not for social monitoring. Drug testing is to seek if you are fit for work, and that gets down to workplace safety,” said Scott McNamara, from the United Services Union.
“What people do on the weekend does not necessarily have a bearing on what they do during the day. It’s similar to alcohol consumption.”
The NSW energy company is still considering whether to appeal their case.