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Serious Issues at Courier Firm

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Including bad safety breaches, suspected unlicenced drivers and invalid work visas

Immediately following a long weekend when 11 people died on WA roads, a safety audit by TWU officials at a Startrack Australia Post depot in Welshpool were shocked to find most vehicles they checked were unsafe and unfit to be on the road.

The officials, Mick Knowles and Keith Saunders, entered the site after tip-offs from drivers about widespread safety problems with many of the 90 vehicles based at the depot.

The officials used Commonwealth OH&S permits to enter the site and carry out investigations.

Inspections were completed on about 20 of the vehicles before they were asked to leave by a large contingent of WA Police officers who had been called to the site.

All vehicles inspected had no load restraints, others had bald tyres, and other mechanical issues.

The TWU is also concerned about sham-contracting, underpayment of drivers and drivers with licences and visas that don’t allow them to work and drive on Australian roads.

Several drivers were unable to produce a WA licence.

The TWU intends continuing its crackdown on the shocking OH&S situation at Australia Post Startrack.

We will be conducting inspections at all Startrack Australia Post depots and will not back-off until all their vehicles are safe to be on our roads.

We believe it is a disgrace that vehicles carrying the Australia Post logo, with the imprimatur of the Australian Government, are allowed to operate in such unsafe and grubby conditions.

Senator Glenn Sterle has also thrown his support behind the TWU campaign to cut out the rorting of temporary visas and has taken the fight to Canberra and the floor of Parliament.

Senator Sterle, a former truckie and TWU organiser has been at the forefront in exposing the illegal hiring of truck drivers on 457 Temporary Work (Skilled) Visas.

These visas are specially designed to fill labour shortages and truck driving is NOT one of the list of eligible occupations.

As Senator Sterle rightly points out, there are hundreds of qualified Australian truck drivers who are currently unemployed and desperately looking for work.

There is a lot more to run on this issue.