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Coles cuts freight costs to the bone

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Despite announcing a profit of $2.44 BILLION this year Coles Supermarkets continues to screw transport operators so tightly many of them are financially suffocating and struggling to stay in business.

While the Wesfarmers owned Coles’ growth and sales are up, its annual accounts show it has carved $13 million off its freight costs.

Truck drivers, road safety campaigners, families of those killed in truck crashes and union activists held rallies around Australia last month to highlight the hundreds of truck-related crashes each year.

In WA we voiced our disapproval at Wesfarmers AGM at the Perth Convention Centre and put some curly questions to the firm’s chairman.

Wealthy retailers and manufacturers like Coles are responsible for the high death toll because of low cost contracts which force truck drivers to speed and drive long hours with over-loaded vehicles.

This carnage has to stop. Coles is a multi-billion dollar company making money off the backs of devastated families.

Truck drivers are caught up in their deadly squeeze on transport and Coles must stop putting profit before people.

The TWU is demanding that Coles and its parent company Wesfarmers end their support for the Turnbull government’s opposition to the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal (RSRT).

The Tribunal was set up to save lives by tackling extreme pressure in trucking.

Coles is a major financial supporter of the Liberal Party and the TWU believes this exposes why the government opposes a Tribunal that aims to save lives.

It looks like money buys unsafe practices in the transport industry.

Our protests against Coles will continue until Coles withdraws its opposition to the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal and begins paying safe rates to its road freight contractors.

Coles cuts freight costs to the bone