SYDNEY TRAINS' ‘SHORTS BAN’ OVERTHROWN

Sydney Trains has faced criticism for enforcing its safety rule against wearing shorts in a 'blanket manner', with the Fair Work Commission ruling that the directive cannot be deemed lawful and reasonable until workers are consulted in accordance with OHS laws.

The dispute was initiated by the RTBU and AMWU, who argued that Sydney Trains misapplied a clause in the relevant EA granting employees the option to wear shorts and other hot weather uniform items unless there was an unacceptable safety risk.

The FWC heard that Sydney Trains imposed a ‘blanket ban’ on shorts and summer clothing for workers, rather than considering specific circumstances as outlined in the agreement.

The unions asserted that workers should have the right to wear shorts unless a proven safety risk existed, a position supported by the Commission, which emphasised the importance of genuine consultation between employers and workers in safety decisions.

Read the Commission’s decision here

Share Tweet

RELATED

BANGLADESH: COMMUTING INJURIES NOW COMPENSABLE
In a groundbreaking effort, an employment injury scheme piloted in the readymade garment sector in Bangladesh will now include commuting accidents as part of industrial accidents eligible for compensation payout.
Read More
MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT PREFERENCES IN CONSTRUCTION
The study has examined the help-seeking intentions and mental well-being of construction workers in the UK. A key challenge faced by designers of workplace interventions is low engagement with support services.
Read More
DIGITAL ROLE-PLAYING ASSISTS APPRENTICES WITH OHS
At the National Health and Safety Conference last month, Professor Helen Lingard, a leading workplace health and safety researcher from RMIT University, discussed how role-playing games (RPGs) can help apprentices develop better...
Read More