Thursday, April 18, 2024

Truckies demand safety in nationwide protests

Hundreds of truck drivers and supporters will hold nationwide protests today as they serve a claim on ALDI, demanding safe rates after the death toll from truck crashes rose.

In 2019, 60 transport workers died, which was an increase from 42 in 2018, according to Safe Work Australia.

The claim demands that ALDI raises its transport contract rates and standards in order to end the pressure on drivers and operators to cut corners in safety, by forcing delays to maintenance on truckers and by pushing drivers to speed, drive long hours and skip rest breaks.

The protests will take place at stores around the country, where the claim will be delivered.

Location and times:

Sydney: 10.10am Meet Outback Steakhouse Wentworthville to march to Wentworthville Aldi store.

Melbourne: 11am South Melbourne store.

Perth: 11am East VIC park store.

Adelaide: 1.30pm Churchill Centre store.

Brisbane: 10.30am Coorparoo store.

“We have got to make trucking safer and fairer and the way to do this is by raising standards,” says Transport Workers Union (TWU) National Secretary, Michael Kaine.

“Too many people including truck drivers are dying because of pressure in the transport supply chain to cut corners.”

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