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Australia Aldi truck drivers to strike over safety fears at supermarket

13:16  15 october  2019
13:16  15 october  2019 Source:   9news.com.au

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Aldi denies they're trying to silence the union.

"Our court action is to hold them to the law. It is not okay to use social and traditional media to propagate lies for their own gain," it said.

Delivery truck drivers claim Aldi stores and distribution centres are plagued with problems.© 9News Delivery truck drivers claim Aldi stores and distribution centres are plagued with problems.

The company also says they "focus on the highest safety standards."

Aldi is suing the union for "misleading and deceptive conduct" and "injurious falsehood" – the first time a union has been the subject of such action.

But drivers say they won't be muted.

They will hold a day of strike action tomorrow at Aldi stores and distribution centres across the country, including its main one in Minchinbury in Sydney's west.

9News has obtained video of flooding inside an Aldi distribution centre in which workers claim they were asked to retrieve a floating bin, despite the water reaching the same level as a cardboard compactor which had 22,000 volts running through it.

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a room that has a sign on a wall: It's claimed the pallets are often not wrapped or stacked properly.© 9News It's claimed the pallets are often not wrapped or stacked properly. Pictures, exclusive to 9News, show meat and seafood apparently left in the delivery dock where fresh produce arrives, instead of being properly discarded. Fire exits are routinely blocked by equipment and pallets of goods, according to drivers.

9News obtained video of flooding inside an Aldi distribution centre in which workers claim they were asked to retrieve a floating bin, despite the water reaching the same level as a cardboard compactor which had 22,000 volts running through it.© 9News 9News obtained video of flooding inside an Aldi distribution centre in which workers claim they were asked to retrieve a floating bin, despite the water reaching the same level as a cardboard compactor which had 22,000 volts running through it.

It's claimed the pallets are often not wrapped or stacked properly but drivers working solo say they were expected to fix them and deliver them by themselves.

The Aldi case against the TWU returns to court next week.

Michael Kaine, national secretary for the TWU, said action will be taken across the country to highlight what it says are systemic safety problems.

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"When they arrive at docks at Aldi stores, they're being faced with absolutely critically dangerous situations," Mr Caine said.

a man smiling for the camera: Michael Kaine, national secretary for the TWU.© 9News Michael Kaine, national secretary for the TWU. "They're being faced with docks that are inundated with water in the same place electrics are, they're approaching docks that have putrid old rotting food that they have to navigate their way around.

"If you're a customer of Aldi you don't want to know that, but if you're a road user you definitely don't want to have to deal with drivers who have been pushed to stay on the road longer or work faster because they have these road blocks when they get to the Aldi docks."

a man smiling for the camera: Dimitri Mavrothalassitis has been a truckie for the past 10 years.© 9News Dimitri Mavrothalassitis has been a truckie for the past 10 years.

Dimitri Mavrothalassitis, a truckie for the past 10 years, said it's a stressful job, but some companies take the time and spend the money to ensure they run a safe system.

He fears Aldi doesn't want to lose its edge on cheaper prices.

"Those cost savings are coming from somewhere and when you think that it could be coming from logistics and transport that's a very big concern because how do you put a price on someone's life," he said.

"That cheap product you're purchasing, if you're to chase that all the way down to an accident that occurred where someone lost their life, I don't think you'd feel very good about it."

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