Aldi takes swipe at union’s safety claims
Aldi has bitten back at what it views as a dishonest campaign by the Transport Workers’ Union (TWU), issuing a line-by-line rebuttal of the common charges the union has made of it.
The supermarket chain has been the target of protests at its stores in mainland capital cities, saying it took its commitment to safety seriously.
“Aldi utterly refutes all allegations made by the Transport Workers Union 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.”
It also notes 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”.
The eight points made in the rejection letter include claims that Aldi pays its drivers above the award rate, that it ensures its vehicles are properly maintained, that drivers get proper rest breaks and do not work over 80 hours per week.
The company also said it did not operate long shifts, impose unrealistic deadlines or encourage suppliers to cut corners – adding that it promotes a whistleblower policy within the company to allow drivers to publicly voice issues.