Fighting for a safer, fairer road transport industry!

Being a truckie is Australia’s most dangerous job. For over 20 years TWU members have been fighting for safe, fair rates for truck drivers and safer roads for all Australians.

Safe Rates guarantees that every truckie on our roads is behind the wheel of a well-maintained vehicle, won’t have to risk falling asleep on the job just to make a living and isn’t trying to meet an impossible deadline.

What do we want?

For every truck driver – from employee to subbie - to have rates and conditions of work that ensure they’re paid for every hour, every kilometre and every cost.

What are we doing?

Our Campaign for Safe Rates has continued over more than 20 years.

By combining workplace organising with community, political and industrial action, we’ve has some big wins including:
  • Establishing the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal – a dedicated forum for the road transport industry
  • Strong National TWU agreements with major transport companies like Toll and Linfox

Find out more about the latest in our Safe Rates campaign.

How can you get involved?

There are a few ways you can get involved in our fight for a safer and fairer road transport industry:

And don’t forget to sign-up for campaign updates!

  • Coles Must Stop The Squeeze On Trucking

    August 24

    TWU MEDIA RELEAES, 24 August 2016
    The Transport Workers’ Union (TWU) has called on Coles to take its foot off the throat of transport workers, after posting another 4.3% increase in annual pre-tax earnings today.

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  • Whistleblower At Far North Queensland Trucking Company Files For Damages

    August 19

    Cairns Post, by Grace Mason, 19 August 2016
    A whistleblower of a far north trucking company that faced dozens of fatigue management charges is suing the company for almost $690,000 in damages.

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  • Mascot Tanker Flip Shows Industry On Edge

    August 19

    TWU MEDIA RELEASE, 19 August 2016
    The Transport Workers’ Union has strengthened calls for the implementation of a national Safe Rates System after an overturned fuel tanker carrying 35,000 litres of diesel and unleaded fuel caused havoc for Sydney road users on Friday morning.

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  • TWU Demands Carnell Explain Why She Opposed System Which Delivered 30-Day Payments

    August 16

    TWU MEDIA RELEASE, 15 August 2016
    The TWU is demanding the Small Business Ombudsman Kate Carnell explain why she opposed a system which delivered a requirement for drivers to be paid within 30 days of work – only to now call for such payment terms.

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  • Companies, Clients Should Face Jail Over Fatal Crashes, Says TWU

    August 16


    The Transport Workers’ Union has called for more accountability at the top after charges were laid against a waste company for a horror crash in Urrbrae in which two people died.

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