Three cancelled contracts not enough TWU says


Union urges Australia Post to look more closely at its transport contractor base

Three cancelled contracts not enough TWU says
Australia Post has cancelled three parcel delivery contracts over drivers being underpaid

 

The Transport Workers Union says Australia Post needs to do more to ensure its contract drivers are paid correctly. It says the company’s underpayment scandal likely extends further than the three delivery contractors who had their contracts cancelled this week.

"The underpayment of drivers is not limited to [the three operators], and it is imperative that this problem is dealt with fully," a union statement declares.

Assistant national secretary Michael Kaine says the issue is linked closely to the TWU’s ‘Safe Rates’ campaign.

"Underpaid drivers are stressed out, skipping breaks, and driving long hours at speed," Kaine says.

"This is putting drivers and members of the public at risk.

"I am urging Australia Post to examine all of its contractors to stop this deadly cycle."

Kaine says the company should also work closely with the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal so that its supply chain problems "can be dealt with in a systematic way".

He adds that "330 people die each year in truck-related crashes. Australia Post needs to be part of the solution to stop this."

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