Fingerprint Clocking In Machines Underground

Fingerprint Clocking In Machines Go Down The Tube.

Fingerprint clocking in machines have been  introduced onto the London Underground, in an attempt to stop the cleaners cleaning up on pay day. Their employers seem to be suspicious that the  hours claimed may not be 100% legitimate.

By Jasper Hamill, 16th September 2013

london-underground-logoCleaners working on the London Underground will resort to industrial action this week in protest against the introduction of a controversial biometric clocking system.

Starting at just after midnight on Thursday morning, “up to 300 cleaners” will join in the action by refusing to scan their fingerprints every time they clock on for work, said the union. Their decision will set the workers on a collision course with ISS, the Danish firm which employs them.

 According to the RMT union, 98 per cent of the 103 staffers who responded to the ballot voted in favour of the plans, which stopped short of calling for a full-on strike.

Bob Crow, RMT general secretary, said: “Our tube cleaning members have been urged to stand firm and follow the call by the union to take industrial action short of a strike by refusing to use any biometric/fingerprint technology to book on for duty. We believe this technology infringes on staff civil liberties and the overwhelming vote in favour of action shows our members’ strength of feeling on this issue.

“Strong union organisation in the workplace is the key to preventing this unacceptable method of booking on and RMT will continue to build our ‘Thumbs Down to Fingerprinting’ campaign.”

The union is vague on exactly why biometric fingerprinting is a bad idea. When The Register contacted the RMT, a spokesperson told us staff felt “brutalised” by the system, which made them feel like “slabs of meat”.

The union said it represented between 200 and 300 cleaners, and said that ISS had “bulldozed” the biometric system into use, against the wishes of its staff.

RMT also suggested the fingerprint-based sign-in system infringed the cleaners’ “dignity”. The previous clocking-on method involved an automated phone line and a sheet of paper.

Originally from : http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/09/16/tube_workers_to_launch_protest

By the BBC 17th September 2013 – On Thursday, hundreds of workers plan to refuse to cooperate with the clocking-in system after 98% of those who voted in a ballot opted for the action, said the RMT union.

The technology infringed their rights, the union added. The cleaners – who are employed by Danish firm ISS UK – will continue to sign in manually and by phone. “We believe this technology infringes on staff civil liberties and the overwhelming vote in favour of action shows our members’ strength of feeling on this issue,” said Bob Crow, RMT’s general secretary. But Adam Wurf, communications director for ISS UK told the BBC: “With this technology we will be able to guarantee that the member of staff is who they say they are.

“We don’t think this is draconian or an infringement of civil liberties; it’s about making sure we have the right people – verified and trained – in the right place at the right time.”

Originally from : http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-24117006

timegenius ltdSummary:  Journalist Stephen Chittenden from BBC Radio Five Live called us and asked for our comment on the refusal by London Underground cleaning staff to use the biometric fingerprint clocking in system which was introduced by their Danish employer, who simply wanted to ensure they were not overpaying people for the hours claimed each payday.

We explained to Stephen that it was just another example of Unionised interference and over reaction to a harmless use of biometric technology to ensure “fair play” to both sides, the employee and the employer.

The Union is justifying its own existence by stirring up trouble on a topic that is almost guaranteed to get a an overexcited overreaction when presented as an infringement of your human rights.  The Union knows the introduction of a fingerprint clocking on system makes sense, they just want to feel needed by their members and are blatantly playing the “your rights are being infringed card, were here to protect you against this sort of thing”.  The Union should be ashamed of themselves.

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Clocking Systems Can Provide Valuable Evidence

Who’s Supervising The Supervisers. Clocking Systems Can Provide Valuable Evidence Of Time Theft, Even When Its A Trusted Senior Employee.

No matter how well you think you know your employees, they may not turn out to be as trustworthy as you’d hoped.  A clocking system is a supervisers manager 24/7 and one that does not require a big salary either, and it will never collude with unfaithful employees to steal time from your Company.

John Nickerson  – Updated 4:17 pm, Thursday, August 1, 2013

shutterstock_67720723STAMFORD — Police arrested a long-time schools custodian for leaving his post while he was clocked in at work earlier this year.

Andrew Shavers, 65, of 1 Southfield Ave., was charged with second-degree larceny for defrauding a public entity, and was released after posting a $15,000 court appearance bond. He is scheduled to be arraigned on the charges at the Stamford courthouse Aug. 15.

Police declined to comment on the case, saying that the city’s law department put a “gag order” on releasing any particulars of the case.

The mayor’s office had scheduled a press conference for Thursday afternoon “to discuss two independent, serious personnel issues,” but later postponed the meeting indefinitely. Details of the second personnel issue have not yet been released.

Shavers, is a 42-year city employee at the top of his pay scale and has an annual base salary of $65,000. He took in $91,000 with overtime and other benefits last year.

Shavers vehemently denied the charge, saying that someone is trying to get rid of him.

He said police explained after picking him up at work at  Rippowam Middle School

Thursday morning that someone at city hall requested that police follow him around in an undercover car.

He was told that one day in May police followed him to a podiatrist’s appointment, another appointment and a liquor store, while he was supposed to be working and had clocked in.

More here : http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/policereports/article/Stamford-schools-custodian-arrested-for-stealing-4701137.php

timegenius ltdSummary: This just goes to show how invaluable  clocking systems can be, if you need to gather evidence to prove fraud against an employee of your Company. This is a sad story but should come as no surprise as people will unfortunately bite the hand that feeds them, loyalty is a fast disappearing quality.

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