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TWU Signs Charter with Woolworths

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An historic agreement reached between Woolworths and the TWU is a huge breakthrough for truck drivers who work in the giant supermarket’s supply chain.

The Charter for promoting safe and fair standards for transport workers is the culmination of years of national campaigning by our union.

The charter covers every driver and every company involved in the distribution of Woolworths products.

It outlaws unsafe trucks, fatigue breaches and underpayment of drivers.

The TWU has also been in serious discussions with Coles in recent months and we are hopeful that a similar agreement will be signed.

However, the Woolworth’s charter is now in full force and will be activated wherever and whenever:

  • The TWU becomes aware of any practice or incident in the Woolworth’s supply chain that may undermine safety or the Charter’s principles.
  • The TWU believes that a supply chain participant is failing to comply with safety obligations or laws.
  • And where a participant isn’t meeting its applicable award, industrial agreement or Road Safety Remuneration Order.

The charter will present no fears for companies and operators who:

  • Operate SAFE VEHICLES.
  • Don’t Breach driver FATIGUE regulations.
  • Don’t pay employee drivers less than they are legally entitled to.
  • Don’t pay owner drivers less than the RSRT legal minimums.

However those who are not operating legally had better look out!

The TWU will pay an integral policing role in ensuring all transport operators abide by the correct pay rates and conditions.

Across Australia our organisers have been visiting Woolworths Distribution Centres conducting surveys and informal audits of trucks and drivers.

When a breach is found it is immediately reported to Woolworths’ management who will investigate and act upon our concerns.

We congratulate Woolworths and our national leaders for this highly commendable initiative. It will make our roads safer and help ensure truckies receive proper remuneration for the vital work they do.