LETTER - Say no to use of fingerprints

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IN its issue of August 5 (page 24) the Wakefield Express previewed Channel 4’s Undercover Boss, which was broadcast four days later.

The programme featured Poundworld, the retail chain which started as a Wakefield market stall and has its headquarters in Normanton.

To my astonishment it revealed that, at least in its High Wycombe store, staff clock on by means of fingerprint recognition.

In this newspaper I have previously railed against the fingerprinting of pupils in schools and of customers in a nightclub.

Equally I condemn the use of this technology in the workplace.

It is demeaning and unsavoury for an employer to monitor employees’ punctuality by a process associated with policing.

Therefore I should like the company to answer the following questions:

1. Is this system used elsewhere in the group and, in particular, in its Ridings Centre shop?

2. Are job applicants informed at interview about the need to provide fingerprints?

3. Since the programme sought to find out the reasons behind a 25 per cent per annum staff turnover, would it not aid morale if this system was abandoned?

Keith Wells

UK Independence Party Mid-Yorkshire branch

chairman