Tube strike threat over sacked driver Feb 17, 2015 15:21:14 GMT
Post by theblackferret on Feb 17, 2015 15:21:14 GMT
1) All safety critical staff to take a hand held test at every clocking on.
2) If employees registers alcohol then they are sent home and it is treated as if they took unauthorised absence. This is feasible since there is a 'zero' limit and it's not as if an employee is going to drink far too much, too close to work, in the hope of creeping under.
3) If the employee objects they can take a blood/urine test but will be charged the cost if it confirms the hand held reading. (Obviously they cannot work that day but if the initial reading is in error they won't suffer the 'unauthorised absence' strike.)
That way LU won't just weed out a drink impaired driver if they happen to do a random check on the day, and staff will know that if the abuse they rule they will be caught and suffer some consequence.
Seems eminently sensible to me.
Yes, it IS eminently sensible. Plus, it protects the public a degree further.
So it discriminates against no-one, I'd tweak that slightly, so a urine sample can be requested by either side and not refused without good cause, and both parties to the agreement (ie LU & RMT) provide half the cost of urine samples up front. That way, if a employee is over, there is extra evidence if referral to the police is needed, and would also allow LU to dismiss people with just cause based on a medical back-up.
I would not, vide any responsible union leader, want the ultimate sanction removed from management, especially if the breath test showed just over & the urine miles over.