Urine testing unfortunately is happening in retail or cubicle jobs and I know of one person who was asked to take a urine test, they took 14 weeks to pass a clean test/before being allowed to return to work,they were tested regularly during suspension(no wages) ,levels were dropping during the process to prove that they had not been using, Meanwhile a person who dabbles in A class substances generally will pass a test within a few days.We need a fairer way to measure impairment rather than urine testing which only proves that you have it in your system.
Thanks for the post. Did you happen to have any discussions with employers or employees around 'Drug testing' in a workplace and if testing has been relaxed or tightened up around this major issue?
I certainly wouldn't want to work with people who are impaired at work nor do I think it's fair that people that may have had a smoke occasionally in the weekend get sacked because it shows up in a test. Saliva testing (pot in your system 2 days) seems to be a fairer system because it's more definitive around a timeframe, employers are reluctant to even consider it as a testing mechanism in NZ. I've tried to argue that a Saliva test should be the first step,if a positive result occurs this gives the employer the opportunity to require an employee to take a urine test so that if someone takes a wrongful dismissal to a employment tribunal there is a recorded level.
Surely the whole debate should be about impairment in a workplace . I can honestly say that in my younger days I wasn't still wasted or impaired 24 hours later after having a puff. We really need employer groups,legislators etc to have a look at this properly rather than putting their heads in the sand. Employers are reluctant to test regularly because of the cost associated (I assume),surely if they are concerned about health and safety, regular saliva testing is a more cost effective way to tell if anyone is a risk at work to other workers.
We went on Thursday night to the preview. Carousel was a standout for me, brilliant direction by Michael Hurst ,the backup band and lighting . I couldn't agree more Jackson.
Blood Orange - Coastal Grooves is my Album of the year. Everything bad about 80's music mashed into a gem of a sound..
A new release from Bradford Cox‘s solo project, Atlas Sound, is on high rotation in our house at the moment.
Bytes - Apologies if this was already mentioned in the previous pages..
Damn shame this is their last tour.
Bummer as they are absolutely at the top of their game. Epic set and the absolute highlight band for me at the BDO..... particularly the majestic finale.
I was also impressed with how clean and tidy the immortals lounge is from early BDO years that I attended. Nice range of beers, wine and food.
Oh, looks like the press release is out:
This year’s SPADA conference kicks off with a hiss and a roar with the key plenary session on The Hobbit – What Really Happened. Chaired by Russell Brown, the panel will include Philippa Boyens (co-writer The Hobbit), SPADA’s CEO Penelope Borland and Executive Member Richard Fletcher.
I hope there's someone a but more "other side" added to the panel, or I might have to go rogue on them ;-)
Open to non delegates. Really?
The sun will be shining....
A class act....
AE members should have been there and made a point to be there.
Sara Wiseman attended the rally.
Here are the EPMU union rules regarding your point of view. I know my union applies a very inclusive process to the membership, to suggest otherwise would be nonsense.