SOME 700 TWU delegates from across NSW rallied on August 30 and made a lot of noise to send a message to major retail giant Coles to stop driving down the wages, working conditions and safety of drivers across Australia.
"The trucking industry is the most dangerous in Australia with 330 people killed each year in truck crashes on roads across Australia as a direct result of the unrealistic and dangerous deadlines imposed on them by retail giants like Coles - all for the purposes of creating more profits," TWU NSW State Secretary Wayne Forno said.
"It is an absolute disgrace drivers are being squeezed simply to put food on the table, while the CEO at Coles takes home $42,740 a day."
Mr Forno said 330 deaths were the "direct result of the unrealistic and dangerous deadlines" placed on drivers.
TWU delegate Euan Scott-Bell said Coles should be held accountable for the "blood" it is spilling on Australian roads.
Commenting on the passing of the Safe Rates legislation, he said it was a campaign that had been more than 10 years in the making.
"It took the sacrifices of many lives to make this possible."
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