- Multiple Coles stores across greater Brisbane
- 25 TWU members and officials
- Follow the TWU on Twitter @twuqueensland
The Transport Workers’ Union will target Coles stores across Brisbane today as they continue their safety campaign against the retail giant’s refusal to accept responsibility in the supply chain.
TWU Assistant State Secretary Scott Connolly said union members will visit multiple stores across Brisbane today to discuss with shoppers how the company is able to push down its prices.
‘Coles reported a $1.5bn profit this year – yet are determined to continue cutting their transport costs by a further five per cent,’ Mr Connolly said.
‘The company’s continual squeeze on the supply chain is pushing down safety.’
‘As we lead into Christmas more trucks will be on our roads trying to deliver the food, fuel, gifts and groceries consumers want.’
‘One of our many concerns is the pressure Coles put on drivers to take shortcuts to deliver their projects,’ Mr Connolly said.
‘These are mums and dads, brothers and sisters out on the roads just trying to make a living.’
A 2012 industry survey shows 46% of drivers in one major supply chain – Coles – were pressured to skip rest breaks, and 26% had to speed in order to meet delivery deadlines.
‘Coles are using their economic power to set unreasonable demands and impossible deadlines, but refuse to accept responsibility,’ Mr Connolly said.
‘That why we are out spreading the message that Coles continual squeeze on safety and the refusal take responsibility will cost lives.’
‘While Coles are making record profits, Aussie families are going bust.’
Follow the TWU’s Coles adventures this morning on twitter @twuqueensland
Mick O’Brien – 0411 875 910