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TWU continues safety protest against Aldi South Fremantle

The TWU is launching another round of safety protests against Aldi in WA

The Transport Workers’ Union (TWU) has revealed that more than 100 transport workers have continued an ongoing safety campaign with Aldi through a protest at the supermarket giant’s South Fremantle store.

The protest comes as truckies, through the union, are serving a claim on Aldi to become a responsible transport employer and client.

The TWU claims that Aldi directly employs some truck drivers but doesn’t pay a transport enterprise agreement to provide appropriate pay, conditions and safety measures.

The union says the rest of Aldi’s transport work is contracted out to operators yet doesn’t negotiate supply chain safety charters with the TWU.

The claim served by the TWU calls for Aldi to establish a national road transport enterprise agreement for employees, a supply chain safety charter for contracted-out transport work, a voice for workers and to join with the industry to lift transport standards.

TWU national secretary Michael Kaine says the union will use new Fair Work Commission legislation to hold Aldi to account if Aldi refuses to work with transport workers.

“Now is not the time for Aldi to bury its head in the sand and ignore its responsibility for safety in transport, which is Australia’s deadliest industry,” Kaine says.

“The whole of the transport industry, including clients Coles and Woolworths, transport employers, owner driver associations and transport workers, have come together to call for a safer, fairer and more sustainable industry.

“Federal Parliament responded by passing lifesaving reform, but Aldi was nowhere to be seen.”

In the past, Aldi has refuted all allegations made by the TWU and assured that it takes proactive measures to ensure driver safety is constantly maintained.

“Aldi already has a safety and corporate responsibility charter in place to build responsible and strong compliance practices,” an Aldi spokesperson said.

An Aldi spokesperson says the brand recognises its role as a key player in the transport industry and and that it takes proactive measures to ensure that its commitment to driver safety is consistently maintained.

“Aldi has a Safety and Corporate Responsibility Charter in place to build responsible and strong compliance practices by our employees, suppliers and contractors,” the spokesperson says.

“It outlines our expectations to comply with all applicable transport laws, and our high safety and labour standards, and all participants in the supply chain are audited against this Charter annually.

“We have tried on numerous occasions to have productive conversations with the TWU about this Charter, and have repeatedly sought details about the safety allegations they have made. The TWU has refused to engage with ALDI. Road transport safety is, and has always been, central to our transport operations.”

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