Drivers hold discussions with Woolworths

Truck drivers at Woolworths in Victoria met yesterday with the company to discuss redundancy packages

By Ruza Zivkusic-Aftasi | February 21, 2013

Truck drivers at Woolworths in Victoria who will lose their jobs as a result of the supermarket’s decision to outsource work to Linfox met yesterday with the company to discuss redundancy packages.

Some 200 drivers will be laid off, with an unknown number to be redeployed within the Woolworths business, spokesman Benedict Brook says.

He says details are yet to be finalised with the union for those who will be made redundant. Linfox is due to begin carrying freight for the retailer in April.

"Woolworths will explore all opportunities to minimise job losses," Brook says.

"Staff who are not redeployed will be offered a redundancy and we will work through these details with staff and the union."

Linfox will also be asked to talk to those drivers about opportunities that may be available within its business.

Victoria is currently the only state that operates a Woolworths-owned and operated transport fleet. Linfox already delivers for Woolworths’ three other warehouses.

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