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7.30 report reveals mistreated drivers

EXPLOITED owner drivers working for Tip Top alongside the TWU have demanded the Federal Government reinstate legislation that dealt with exploitation and safety risks in transport supply chains.

ABC 7.30 detailed how the stress of the job had resulted in the death of one driver, while another dying of cancer was hounded by Tip Top to sign a contract which would reduce his rates.

A raid by the Police and Roads and Maritime Services on a western Sydney Tip Top depot last Friday showed maintenance on trucks was not being carried out, with 25 defect notices issued out of 46 trucks inspected.

The inspections came after 7.30's report.

Tip Top driver Paul Clapson said he felt pushed to breaking point "just to get the job done".

"We're working long hours six and seven days a week and Tip Top are cutting our rates," he said.

"At the same time costs and overheads are going up."

Tip Top driver Mark Goldfinch said he drove four hours for Tip Top last Anzac Day and ended up getting paid $23. 

"It's a struggle to stay safe and keep a business and a family going on that kind of return." 

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