Tip Top, which operates in the Aldi supply chain, has been exposed over forcing drivers to struggle with weekly cuts to pay of up to $1000 a week. Last night ABC 7.30 detailed how the stress of the job has resulted in the death of one driver while another driver dying of cancer was hounded by Tip Top to sign a contract which would reduce his rates. A raid by the RMS on a western Sydney Tip Top depot last Friday showed maintenance on trucks is also not being carried out, with 25 defect notices issued out of 46 trucks inspected.
“Not only is this exploitation of drivers wrong, it is also compromising safety on our roads. Drivers are being pushed to work fatigued and trucks are not being maintained. There has been an increase in the number of people killed in truck crashes while wealthy clients like Tip Top are getting away scot-free. Michaelia Cash and Malcolm Turnbull tore down the hope these drivers had for ending their exploitation when they abolished the independent road safety tribunal,” said TWU National Secretary Tony Sheldon.
Drivers are pushing for federally-binding rules which can ensure decent standards across the industry and hold wealthy clients at the top of the supply chain to account for low cost contracts. These low cost contracts are forcing transport operators and drivers to delay maintenance, speed, drive long hours and skip mandatory rest breaks.
Fatal crashes involving articulated trucks have increased by 9.4% this year, according to the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics. Safe Work Australia data shows that almost 40% of all workplace deaths involved transport workers this year. This is up from one in four in 2015.