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The head of Australia's largest independent supermarket chain says the national's current supply chain problems are the worst he's ever seen.
The surge in COVID cases has crippled the industry because of the sheer number of transport, distribution and shop workers who are sick or have had to isolate.
But it's not just the supermarkets feeling the pressure, the freight industry broadly has been hit hard by sickness, and workers being exposed to positive cases and having to isolate, this means any industry relying on the movement of goods is affected.
This afternoon National Cabinet agreed to relax covid isolation rules for transport, freight and logistics workers who are a close contact of a positive COVID case.
They no longer have to isolate if they return a negative rapid antigen test result. However Western Roads Federation CEO Cam Dumesny says over 1000 truck drivers are needed in WA and over 2000 are needed in Queensland.
He and national trucking representatives are calling for the establishment of a reserve truck driver army. Using those who hold a heavy vehicle licence, but are not currently driving a truck, to help fill the gaps in the supply chain.
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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