Truck drivers on strike over safety fears at Aldi

Aldi truck drivers across Australia are on strike over safety standards.

Aldi truck drivers across Australia are on strike over safety standards. Photo: AAP

Hundreds of Aldi truck drivers across Australia are on strike, saying they are under “deadly pressure” and the international supermarket chain must improve its safety standards.

Workers are striking in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide and plan to take further action unless the company agrees to improve safety in its supply chain.

The Transport Workers Union said Aldi had not responded after being served a claim, alongside 39 other major retailers, manufacturers and agricultural companies, asking it to commit to safe supply chain principles.

Those principles include accountability for safe work in supply chains, transparency over contracts to protect workers, ensuring workers are able to speak about pay and safety, enhancing safety education, eliminating risk-taking incentives and equipping drivers for natural disasters.

TWU assistant national secretary Nick McIntosh said the German supermarket giant’s refusal to lift the safety standards of its supply chain was inexcusable.

“The deadly pressure on drivers and operators is building every day and workers will not accept silence from companies like Aldi who refuse to come to the table on safe supply chains,” he said on Thursday.

“When you’ve got wealthy clients like Aldi pushing drivers and operators to the brink, and gig giants like Amazon exploiting thousands on rock-bottom rates, it’s no wonder this industry is in crisis.”

The TWU said Aldi had not responded to a claim, served 14 weeks ago, nor had it met the union.

“For them, it’s literally a matter of life or death, with every day that Aldi refuses to act another day truck drivers and operators are under deadly pressure,” Mr McIntosh said.

The union said an ongoing crisis in the transport sector that contributed to the collapse of Scott’s Refrigerated Logistics, which was the country’s largest cold chain operators, and start-up Milkrun, which had the backing of tech billionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes.


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