Australian company bans cellphones

Concerns over safety, productivity prompt Melbourne company to outlaw use of mobile phones at work
||Last Updated: 02/02/2005

An Australian company has banned the use of mobile phones in the workplace.

South Pacific Tyres in Melbourne imposed the ban in response to concerns about safety and lost productivity, according to an Australian Broadcasting Corporation report. The company claims to be the first in the country to impose such a ban.

A union delegate, a safety representative and the shift supervisor will be allowed to use mobile phones in the warehouse but all other workers can only use their phones during breaks.