Truckies across Australia have protested outside Aldi stores for a second time, claiming the supermarket giant pressures them to speed, skip breaks and ignore road rules.
But Aldi says the Transport Workers Union has refused to provide evidence to back up its accusations.
Truck drivers and supporters from the union gathered outside Aldi stores in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth on Wednesday to push for safer working practices, repeating a similar action from October.
The union says truckies are forced to skip breaks, drive long hours and neglect vehicle maintenance simply to make ends meet.
Some drivers even feel pressure to speed and break other road rules to meet Aldi’s deadlines, the union says.
“Aldi is running roughshod over the transport industry, putting pressure on transport operators and drivers through its low-cost contracts to take appalling risks that endanger lives,” TWU national secretary Tony Sheldon said on Wednesday.
The union says it has extensive proof of Aldi’s safety breaches but the supermarket giant says it is yet to see any.
“The union has made inflammatory claims that Aldi is responsible for truck driver deaths,” Aldi’s Head of Staff Logistics Damien Scheidel said.
“This is a disgraceful accusation and utterly untrue.”
An Aldi spokesman said the company has “repeatedly asked” the union for evidence of its claims so they can be investigated, but the union has not provided it.
Aldi is conducting an anonymous survey of supply chain drivers about the accusations.