TWU

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!

  • Fight For A Fair Go

    July 14


    Owner Driver, by TWU National Secretary Tony Sheldon, July 2016  

    The big lie from those opposed to Safe Rates is that making the bosses at the top of supply chains accountable for safe rates and conditions won’t fix a thing. Nothing could be further from the truth.

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  • All For Nothing

    July 14


    Owner Driver, June 2016

    The Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal’s demise has left some gloating, and others knowing that their hope of increased rates is more than likely gone forever. The Interstater writes

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  • Band-Aid Solution Won't Save Trucking Industry

    July 08

    ABC Riverina Breakfast interview with TWU National Assistant Secretary Michael Kaine on 5 July 2016 regarding the NTC draft legislation and the RSRT.

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  • Extension Of General Carriers Contract Determination Coverage And Rights Good News For NSW Owner Drivers

    July 07


    TWU NSW BRANCH MEDIA RELEASE, 7 July 2016
     
    TWU NSW Acting Secretary Richard Olsen has welcomed the decision by the NSW Industrial Relations Commission to extend coverage of the General Carriers Contract Determination, saying that it was good news for Owner Drivers across NSW.

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  • TWU: Employer Groups Create A Smokescreen For Unsafe Roads

    July 05


    TWU MEDIA RELEASE, 5 July 2016
     
    The Transport Workers’ Union has accused major employer bodies of participating in a political smokescreen to obscure the lethal economic pressures forced upon truck drivers.

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