Aldi: Cutting safe corners
Union challenges supermarket chain
CUTTING corners on safety, breaches of fatigue rules, speeding: it’s hard to believe that one major supermarket chain could be responsible for all that.
The next time you walk in to an Aldi supermarket, owned and operated by a German multinational company, look around.
Carting all those goods for the retail giant is a massive logistical operation.
Despite this, Aldi is now lagging behind its main competitors, Woolworths and Coles, when it comes to acting responsibly and applying solutions to its supply chain to help reduce unnecessary fatalities.
There is one other problem. Aldi refuses to come to the table to talk about the pressure they continue to put on transport operators and owner drivers across this nation by not addressing their supply chain issues.
The Transport Workers’ Union is seeking Aldi prove that it is a genuine and responsible member of the Australian community and join with Coles and Woolworths which are both starting to do the right thing by taking responsibility for their respective supply chains.
The pressure and the risk that drivers face comes about due to supply chain scheduling pressure.
Companies like Aldi penalise drivers who are late for their slot at the distribution centre. Make it within the exact time window and you’ll be okay, but run late, even through no fault of your own, and you may be penalised by losing your next loan.
The Aldi executive who thought up that plan has clearly spent little time in the real world of transport.
The pressure on a driver who has just hauled a load from interstate is enormous. The driver generally has no choice but to get the load through on time to prevent being penalised because the next fuel bill or truck repayment is always due.
What gives in this system is the driver’s own time, often meaning reductions in rest times simply because Aldi believes its own schedule is more important than the road safety needs of truck drivers and other road users.
❝ Run late, even through no fault of your own, and you may be penalised by losing your next load...