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.
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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
 



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