Workers forced to wear barcodes

CASUAL workers at a warehouse in Melbourne's west are being required to wear - and pay for - armbands identifying them as non-permanent staff.

The armbands contain employee numbers on barcodes and must be used to obtain scanning equipment needed for their work. Permanent workers at the Sunshine warehouse do not have to wear the armbands.
Advertisement: Story continues below

The case has come to light as unions raise concerns over the increased casualisation of labour. Five per cent of Australia's workforce, or about 605,000 people, are now employed by labour hire firms, according to the Bureau of Statistics.

Labour-hire casual workers are concentrated in warehousing, manufacturing, property and business services, and health and community services.

About 15 workers at the Sunshine warehouse must have the barcoded armbands.

Read more at theage.com.au
 



Will the Coffs/Clarence get its ‘Indiana Jones experience’?

Premium Content Will the Coffs/Clarence get its ‘Indiana Jones experience’?

Quest to open ‘one heck of a community asset’ to the public gathers steam

Citizen scientists helping turtles back from the brink

Premium Content Citizen scientists helping turtles back from the brink

Squad of volunteers looking for support to save the endangered Bellinger River...

Tributes flow for 'queen of the canteen'

Premium Content Tributes flow for 'queen of the canteen'

A massive hole has been left at South Grafton Primary School following the sudden...