Thursday, 18. December 2014
08. 01. 14. - 14:00
Managers at the branch of electronic discount chain Media Markt in the Austrian town of Krems have come under fire from trade unions after they allegedly forced 30 staff to allow their bags to be searched and also to have a body search carried out.
It was not clear from the complaint why the controls had been carried out. But the trade union is demanding an investigation to expose all the details and is urging the company management to inform employees of exactly what their rights are in such circumstances.
Union spokesman Peter Stattmann said that his information was that staff had been stopped on a stairwell and ordered not only to allow their bags and their jackets to be searched, as if they were common criminals, but it also had to put up with having a body search. This is completely inacceptable, he added.
He said that as far as he was aware there was a law that allowed for management to request staff during work time to have their jackets or bags looked at, but not outside of work time while on their way home and certainly no right for body searches.
A spokesman for the company said that bag searches were only in certain cases possible and with the agreement of staff and that generally as far as they were concerned body searches were not allowed. They said they would look into the allegations and would speak to managers at the branch in crimes to see exactly what had happened in this particular occasion.
They said that if the allegations were correct there would be consequences.
Ebola's deadly reach impacts Vienna student
Austria has yet to record its first case of Ebola, but the feared virus has already had a severe impact on the lives of Africans living in Vienna.
Grigorij Sokolov Works His Magic At Vienna Konzerthaus
Whilst the world-famous Wizard of Oz played at the Volksoper, there was another Wizard in the Konzerthaus giving his 16th performance in Vienna!
Penelope Cruz To Play The Ice Cream Killer
The memoirs of the woman dubbed the Ice Cream Killer after she shot dead two ex-lovers before hacking the bodies up with a chainsaw and telling neighbours the noise was a new ice cream machine are due to be turned into a blockbuster with Penelope Cruz playing the lead role.
Kid Left In Coma After Beaten By Teacher For Talking
This is the shocking image of a little Chinese girl before and after she was punished by her teacher - for talking in class.
Freezing Rain Causes Chaos In Central Europe
Freezing weather has arrived in Europe with a vengeance with a layer of ice blanketing parts of Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic and causing traffic chaos.
Holey Smoke As Car Disappears Down Sinkhole
Motorist Wei Hsiao found himself in a hole lot of trouble in China when a giant sinkhole opened up on the road beneath him, swallowing his entire car.
Shock Moment Police Helicopter Explodes On Street
This is the moment a police helicopter exploded into a spinning ball of flame in Chile when a fire truck clipped one of its rotors.
More Than Twenty 100,000 GBP Motors Used In Bridal Convoy
A Chinese couple who wanted to have the most expensive wedding convoy possible arranged for a convoy of top of the range cars including a stretch Hummer followed by Lamborghinis, Porsches and other VIP motors.
Riot Police Star In Downs Syndrome Calendar
Spanish riot police have joined forces with Down's syndrome kids to take part in a special calendar for charity.
Chinese Nuclear Winter Smog Leaves Clinics Full
Fresh proof of Chinese scientists' claims that the country's toxic air pollution resembles a nuclear winter are shown by these images that show clinics and hospitals packed with patients suffering with trouble breathing.
The most popular stories –
last 7 days
|Stabbed And Raped Woman Survived Long Enough To Name Killer|
|Hole Lot Of Bother For Chinese Ford Edge Driver|
|Running Boy Gets Chopsticks Wedged In His Neck|
|Russian Man Builds Cars That Run On Wood And Cow Dung|
|Grigorij Sokolov Works His Magic At Vienna Konzerthaus|
Why suffer in silence. Let off steam by letting our readers share your troubles. File your complaints about anything and everything here.
Our ombudsman David Rogers will try and help solve some of the problems from lazy civil servants through to incompetent companies – and at the very least the worst transgressors will end up in our weekly special report.