Suncor union speaks out against random drug testing

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Suncor union speaks out against random drug testing

A union representing over three-thousand Suncor workers says the company's participation in a random drug testing pilot, invades privacy, without improving safety.

Dave Coles, president of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada, says random testing shatters privacy, destroys dignity, and eliminates trust in fellow workers and management.

Suncor is one of three oil sands operators participating in the two-year evaluation, CNRL and Total E&P will also introduce random testing late this year or early 2013.

The results will be used to draft industry framework for future drug and alcohol testing policies.

CEP's Western Region Vice-President Jim Britton said in a statement, "While CEP recognizes society's drug problem and shares the goal of a drug-free workplace, education is the way to go. Random workplace drug testing in no way addresses the root of the problem."
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