14/07/2012 - Giffen Group introduces biometric scanners

Moves by the Giffen Group to force workers to use a biometric fingrerpint reader on arrival and departure have been condemned by the Solidarity Trade Union. Patrick Harrington, General Secretary, was contacted by concerned employees outraged by the demand made by Managing Director Gary Caseberry in a letter of 3 July, 2012

The Letter states: "A Time-Precision Handswipe Terminal, a biometric finger print reader, will be set up in the Stores areas to record your daily attendance - both on arrival and departure. You will be required to use the terminal to record your attendance. Failure to do so will result in your absence being recorded as unauthorised unpaid leave, i.e. no payment will be made to you."

Mr Harrington said: "This move raises all kinds of privacy and data protection issues. The letter from Mr Caseberry threatens to withold pay if workers don't use the scanners.This is unacceptable."

"I would like to urge all supporters of privacy and workers rights to politely protest. Please contact Giffen and let them know that this is an unnecessary encroachment and should be withdrawn."

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