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01 November 2008

Drug and alcohol policies at work - a guide for union reps

Employers' attitudes towards drug and alcohol use at work have become a significant issue for trade union representatives to deal with in recent years. Many employers, including high profile private firms and public sector organisations, have introduced drug and alcohol policies and used them in disciplinary cases against individual workers.

As such union and safety reps need to understand the issues relating to drugs and alcohol at work. LRD's new 48-page guide, Drug and alcohol polices at work - a guide for union reps, provides reps and negotiators with positive examples of union action and intervention, using the law and good practice guidance.

Drug and alcohol polices at work a guide for union reps shows that union involvement can make a difference to outcomes for members. It explains the law and government guidance on drugs and alcohol at work and examines employers' policies on drugs and alcohol, particularly around disciplinary procedures and testing. It also looks at rehabilitation and support for affected workers.

Notes to Editors:
  • Drug and alcohol policies at work - a guide for union reps is published by the Labour Research Department, 78 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8HF, price ?5.10. LRD booklets are also available on subscription at an annual cost of ?37.25 (?29.25 for affiliates). LRD publishes 10-11 booklets each year.
  • The Labour Research Department is an independent trade union and labour movement organisation founded 96 years ago. Around 2,000 trade union organisations are affiliated, representing more than 99% of total TUC membership.
  • For press enquiries about this booklet contact Paul Hampton, tel: 020 7902 9826.
  • To order copies of the booklet tel: 020 7928 3649 or order online at www.lrdpublications.org.uk where full information about all of LRD's publications is available.

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