Aldi re­futes TWU rates claims

Su­per­mar­ket chain says its driv­ers re­ceive above Award rates

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SU­PER­MAR­KET CHAIN Aldi has hit back at what it views as a dis­hon­est Trans­port Work­ers Union cam­paign against its treat­ment of driv­ers.

“Aldi ut­terly re­futes all al­le­ga­tion made by the Trans­port

Work­ers Union (TWU) that our work­place prac­tices are un­safe and are plac­ing truck driv­ers at risk,” the com­pany says.

“The lives of all Aus­tralian road users mat­ter and Aldi fully sup­ports the goal of pro­vid­ing safe work­ing terms and con­di­tions for all trans­port driv­ers.

“We take our com­mit­ment to safety se­ri­ously and this in­cludes all prac­tices re­lat­ing to our em­ploy­ees, our cus­tomers and sup­pli­ers.”

Aldi was re­spond­ing to TWU com­ments fol­low­ing the re­lease of the union’s sur­vey on April 18 that 93 per cent out of 1000 truck driv­ers re­ported feel­ing in­creased pres­sure in the course of do­ing their jobs.

“Two years ago the Fed­eral Govern­ment scrapped scru­tiny and accountability on the ma­jor man­u­fac­tur­ers and re­tail­ers like Aldi over poor rates in their sup­ply chains,” TWU act­ing na­tional sec­re­tary Michael Kaine says.

“This fi­nan­cial pres­sure means that trucks are not be­ing main­tained and driv­ers are be­ing pushed to speed, drive long hours and skip manda­tory rest breaks.

“This is dev­as­tat­ing fam­i­lies across Aus­tralia be­cause of truck crashes and it means driv­ers are cop­ping all the blame for prob­lems in the in­dus­try.”

Aldi, how­ever, is­sued a re­but­tal against the TWU claims.

It points out that it is ac­cred­ited un­der the Na­tional Heavy Ve­hi­cle Ac­cred­i­ta­tion Scheme (NHVAS) and “works closely with in­de­pen­dent au­di­tors to en­sure that main­te­nance sched­ules are com­pleted and sub­se­quently au­dited by in­de­pen­dent par­ties that are ap­proved by the Na­tional Heavy Ve­hi­cle Reg­u­la­tor”.

Aldi says it proudly pays all its driv­ers above award rates and that all in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing rates of pay can be found on the Fair Work Com­mis­sion web­site.

It also says it pro­vides driv­ers with proper rest breaks, record­ing work and rest breaks with the LogChecker Fa­tigue Man­age­ment Sys­tem, and that it does not op­er­ate long shirts or im­pose un­re­al­is­tic dead­lines.

“No Aldi trans­port op­er­a­tor has worked 80 hours or more per week in the past 12 months,” the com­pany con­tin­ues.

“On av­er­age, staff in Aldi’s na­tional trans­port de­part­ments work 39.26 hours per week, and are paid a gen­er­ous base hourly rate, over­time and shift load­ings.”

TWU mem­bers protest out­side an Aldi store, claim­ing the su­per­mar­ket chain pays low rates to its driv­ers

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