Aldi takes swipe at union’s safety claims

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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.

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