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TWU Urges Court to Make Coles Drivers Jobs Safer

« Back to News Articles  TWU Urges Court to Make Coles Drivers Jobs Safer

In August 2013 Perth based Coles Online driver Matt Chapman had a leg amputated after a car crashed into him as he unloaded groceries from the back of his truck at night.

The Transport Workers’ Union is urging the Fair Work Commission to give home deliveries drivers at Coles Online the safety protections they need by recognising the job they do as transport workers.

After several months of hearings the Commission held a final session on February 16 on whether Coles Online drivers should be allowed to seek NEW workplace agreements.

Drivers are being injured and maimed and this raises serious questions about Coles Online’s safety processes.

Drivers are not being trained by dedicated driver trainers and are not assigned personnel, including safety managers, who know about trucking or truck maintenance.

Drivers are forced to work without protective boots and gloves in slippery, wet conditions delivering shopping to customers across all types of terrain.

This not only puts drivers’ safety at risk but also that of the general public.

“Coles Online drivers deserve an agreement that recognises the work they do and provides terms and conditions appropriate and safe for transport workers,” said Michael Kaine, TWU Assistant National Secretary.

“Conditions that provide a safe workplace for check-out operators are different to those that our job requires, we’re hoping the Commission will recognise this,” he added.

Drivers have given evidence before the tribunal detailing the difficulties they face.

Drivers spoke of injuries to ankles and hands because of a lack of protective gear. “We can’t do the job in a normal shop uniform,” said one driver.

The lack of recognition for the specific type of work they do and the safety risks that come with it have also been a focus for drivers.

“In the three years I have been working at the store there has never been a meeting with all of the drivers to discuss safety,” said another driver.

ANY QUESTIONS: Please call the TWU at 9328 7444 and we will put you onto a Coles Online organiser.