Coles denies all TWU claims

COLES denies all the accusations the Transport Workers' Union levels at it over road safety issues.

A company spokeswoman said Coles did not employ any truck drivers.

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"It contracts the services of market-leading logistics providers such as Toll and Linfox. Like Coles," the spokeswoman said.

"These companies put enormous effort into safety measures for their employees and employee safety is their priority.

"Coles is a signatory to the voluntary Retail Logistics Supply Chain Code of Conduct, which sets out our commitment to safe operating procedures, and Coles ensures its suppliers and contractors are aware of and understand the code."

The spokeswoman said the TWU made three key claims about Coles which were untrue.

She said the claim 330 truck drivers die every year, due to pressure from retailers like Coles, was wrong. Coles did not directly employ truck drivers, engaging suppliers for this role.

Coles also denied donating $2.1 million to the Liberal Party.

The TWU also claims Coles and other major retailers account for 32% of the national road freight task, but analysis by Deloitte in 2013 showed that Coles accounted for around 0.8% of the national road freight task.



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