September 12, 2019

Action against Aldi

Transport is Australia’s deadliest industry. Cost-cutting at the top of supply chains by wealthy retailers, like Aldi, puts pressure on transport workers and operators to speed, skip their rest breaks and delay maintaining their trucks.

Multiple national actions had been held over the last two years over the wealthy retailer’s refusal to address safety in its supply chain and its attack on free speech through a Federal Court case against the Transport Workers’ Union.

Video: TWU NSW Delegates Took Action against Aldi, 29 August 2019

 

Video: Truckies Revved Up, Protesting outside Aldi at Port Adelaide | 10 News, 11 September 2019

 

Audio: FiveAA’s Leon Byner interviewed with Transport Workers’ Union National Secretary Michael Kaine on TWU protest against Aldi at Port Adelaide, 11 September 2019

 

“We have wealthy retailers like Aldi squeezing the transport industry to line their own pockets. For two years now transport workers have protested at Aldi stores over safety issues, but the wealthy supermarket giant refuses to acknowledge its responsibility. We are protesting again to remind Aldi that while they spend time and money trying to silence us, people are dying on our roads,” said TWU National Secretary Michael Kaine.

“Every day that Aldi continues its attempt to silence truck drivers is a day that lives are endangered on our roads,” said TWU SA/NT Branch Secretary Ian Smith.

The Federal Government tore down a road safety watchdog in 2016 despite its own report saying it would have reduced truck crashes by 28%. Since the watchdog was abolished, 632 people have been killed in truck crashes, including 139 truck drivers, as at 19 September 2019.

Aldi’s Federal Court case against the TWU resumes on 22nd October.

A major agreement between the TWU and Coles was signed during the union’s National Council in Adelaide last year. The agreement involved statements of principles to ensure safe and fair conditions for workers in the Coles supply chain and the on-demand economy. A separate charter has been signed previously with Woolworths.

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