01:33 pm, Friday 7 September, 2012
A state-owned energy company has decided not to appeal a Fair Work Australia decision against urine testing for drug use.
A report from ninemsn says that the NSW energy company has advised their staff that they are welcoming the ruling and will not lodge further appeals. The company will instead utilise saliva-based testing.
United Services Union (USU) energy manager Scott McNamara said the company’s decision is a victory for the workers and could set a precedent for other companies in the country.
“Other industries and unions are likely to review this decision and look at ways they can implement a more transparent, fair and reasonable testing regime in the form of oral swab testing,” said Mr McNamara in a statement.
SafetyCulture reported in August that Fair Work Australia upheld its decision prohibiting the company from conducting urine tests on its workers stating that urine drug tests would be “unjust and unreasonable” because these tests could provide positive results from drug use days earlier.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, a spokeswoman from the company confirmed that they would accept the FWA ruling but is concerned that other industries will have safer drug and alcohol testing than the energy company.