Union targets DP World drugs policy

16 May 2013
Maritime Union of Australia mounts legal challenge

Maritime Union of Australia mounts legal challenge

The Australian maritime union has been cleared to mount a legal challenge to the drugs and alcohol policy of stevedore DP World after winning an employment case. The pathway has been cleared by the Maritime Union of Australia’s (MUA) case before the Fair Work Commission.

At the base of the dispute was the scope and level of consultation required in the execution of the drugs and alcohol policy in the workplace. The policy embraces random drug and alcohol testing and swab testing.

The union had differing views on issues such as target testing, confirmatory urine testing and delegate participation. It also felt that its enterprise agreements required DPW to discuss a change of policy on organisation at work, which DPW contested.

The commission ruled it does have the power to arbitrate under the terms of these enterprise agreements. As a result, the dispute will now be listed for arbitration by the commission.

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