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Police Asked To Investigate Food Giant

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Police Asked To Investigate Food Giant

A new professional drivers' organisation has asked the police to investigate claims that food giant Goodman Fielder is enticing owner drivers into dodgy contracts.

Peter Gallagher, CEO of ProDrive, says he has given the financial fraud division of the CIB a number of legal and personal summaries from drivers and asked them to consider questions of fraudulent misrepresentation.

"These owner drivers signed contracts with Goodman Fielder subsidiary Quality Bakers in good faith. They went deeply into debt on the basis of information given to them by the company. The company then varied rates whenever they wanted to, making drivers runs uneconomic,' he says.

"The company then terminated some runs and gave them to other contractors, with the promise they could sell them on for a profit.

"The drivers concerned are now under extreme financial pressure, their capital is destroyed, their livelihoods gone and their businesses have been seized and given to someone else."

Mr Gallagher says unfair contracts also force drivers to break health and safety regulations, and put pressure on driver's health and family relationships.

"If drivers are not paid enough to drive within the legal number of hours the safety of all road users is put at risk. All professional drivers should be on a safe rate of pay."

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