TWU and Removals Industry calls on Defence Department Contracts
Release date: 24/11/2009
The Transport Workers Union (TWU) has today called on the Defence Department to withdraw the awarding of a half-billion dollar contract for relocation and removals services.
“This contract was issued without proper industry consultation and smacks of the usual Department of Defence incompetence,” TWU spokesman Mark Crosdale said.
The TWU and the industry is campaigning for improved standards in the removalists industry, which is beset by poor quality services and injuries.
“The Defence contracts for removals is so large that it drives quality and safety standards in the industry downward because it focuses on the lowest bidder”, Mr Crosdale said.
“The TWU is calling for proper consultation between all parties before the contract is finalised”, Mr Crosdale said.
The TWU and the Australian Furniture Removalists Association (AFRA) have issued a joint statement requesting that the Federal Government use a tripartite approach and seek independent advice to repair a system that is failing to deliver the most basic standards across all contracts. (download below)
Seth Tenkate Press Secretary Transport Workers Union of Australia
Address: L3, 31 Cowper Street, Parramatta NSW 2150
Mail: PO Box 47, Parramatta NSW 2124
Ph: (02) 9912 0778 Mobile: 0408 463 199
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