Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search


Spotlight is now on all drugs test schemes - union

April 14, 2004
Media Release

Spotlight is now on all drugs test schemes - union

New Zealand’s largest union says that it will now put all workplace drugs testing regimes under close scrutiny in the wake of a landmark court decision.

A full bench of the Employment Court has ruled that Air New Zealand may not impose random tests for drugs or alcohol across its workforce, but may introduce them in “safety-sensitive areas.”

Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union national secretary Andrew Little said that while the court had said the decision applied only to Air New Zealand, the 79-page decision gave a good outline of the principles the court would take into account in considering the legality of any drugs testing regime.

“The court has clearly signalled some principles that it expects employers to adopt,” he said.

“Employers need to be aware that in order to introduce any drugs-testing system there needs to be extensive consultation with the workforce, and decisions on what is right for a particular company or industry will depend on the circumstances.”

The EPMU led the case for six unions with members at Air New Zealand. There will now be further discussion over which workers may be tested.


© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


Media Mega Merger: StuffMe Hearing Argues Over Moveable Feast

New Zealand's two largest news publishers are appealing against the Commerce Commission's rejection of the proposal to merge their operations. More>>


Approval: Northern Corridor Decision Released

The approval gives the green light to construction of the last link of Auckland’s Western Ring Route, providing an alternative route from South Auckland to the North Shore. More>>


Crown Accounts: $4.1 Billion Surplus

The New Zealand Government has achieved its third fiscal surplus in a row with the Crown accounts for the year ended 30 June 2017 showing an OBEGAL surplus of $4.1 billion, $2.2 billion stronger than last year, Finance Minister Steven Joyce says. More>>


Mycoplasma Bovis: One New Property Tests Positive

The newly identified property... was already under a Restricted Place notice under the Biosecurity Act. More>>

Accounting Scandal: Suspension Of Fuji Xerox From All-Of-Government Contract

General Manager of New Zealand Government Procurement John Ivil says, “FXNZ has been formally suspended from the Print Technology and Associated Services (PTAS) contract and terminated from the Office Supplies contract.” More>>