StarTrack strike goes ahead despite concerns about vaccine supplies

Thousands of StarTrack delivery drivers have begun a 24-hour strike today amid concerns it would affect the delivery of COVID-19 vaccines.

The Fair Work Commission allowed the industrial action after a hearing last night.

Thousands of delivery drivers at StarTrack are holding a day-long strike. (Nine)

StarTrack fought vigorously to stop this strike action from going ahead, arguing it would impact on the vaccine rollout across the country due to the fact that vaccines can’t be out of the fridge for too long.

But the Transport Workers Union argued that StarTrack, which is owned by Australia Post, is outsourcing jobs at an incredible rate and the union has demands reassurances on employment.

Fair Work Commissioner Ian Cambridge said StarTrack had offered little evidence to show the strike would threaten the safe delivery of vaccines.

Mr Cambridge said “there is a fundamental understanding in the industry going back decades” that the TWU has always ensured medical supplies – such as organs for critical surgery – continue unimpeded throughout any industrial action. 

StarTrack delivery drivers are protesting in Brisbane this morning as part of a national 24-hour strike. (Nine)

About 3000 workers are expected to take part in the strike which comes amid record online shopping during the pandemic.

StarTrack and the TWU will hold crisis talks today.

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