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Tanker driver dispute shows supply chain squeeze

Tanker driver dispute shows supply chain squeeze

Pressure being placed on road transport companies by the big players has turned into a David vs Goliath battle, Labour’s Associate Transport spokesperson Darien Fenton says.

"Half a dozen tanker drivers employed by Toll have begun picketing BP stations in an attempt to highlight how lowest price contracting manifests itself at the other end with unfair wages and pressure on drivers.

"While the employment relationship is between Toll and the drivers, BP sets the price and the terms of the contract. In this case, it has resulted in the Toll tanker drivers being paid substantially less than other tanker drivers.

"This situation plays out day in and day out on New Zealand roads, where transport operators and drivers face unfair rates and struggle to make a living. It also has a more personal impact, with at least one truck related death every week on our roads.

"Labour has been calling for an inquiry into the contracting arrangements, supply chains and remuneration in road transport for some years now.

"It is past time the Government took it seriously.”


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