Aldi refutes TWU rates claims
Supermarket chain says its drivers receive above Award rates
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