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!


    January 17

    The Transport Workers’ Union has called on transport operators to stop ripping off their drivers after SA-based Atkins Freight Services was forced to pay $468,000 in a wage theft case involving 10 drivers.

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  • Truck Drivers on The Road Too Long to Stay Safe

    January 03

    SMH, by Ann Williamson, 3 January 2018
    So we now know the number of heavy truck crashes increased by 86 per cent in NSW over the past year; the largest increase since we started counting fatal crashes involving heavy trucks in 2009. This increase would be no surprise to anyone who pays attention to how our freight is moved around Australia. Most freight movement in Australia is by heavy truck and most of it moves along the eastern seaboard and through NSW, so this state is likely to see crashes simply due to higher exposure to heavy trucks.

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    January 02

    TWU MEDIA RELEAES, 2 January 2018
    The Federal Government’s abolition of a road safety watchdog in April 2016 has been followed a huge spike in truck crash deaths, with major increases recorded on roads in NSW and among truck drivers.

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  • NSW Truck Deaths Increase by 86 Per Cent in 12 Months

    January 02

    SMH, by Mario Christodoulou, 30 December 2017

    NSW truck deaths have increased by more than 86 per cent in 12 months, as police report increased heavy vehicle traffic connected to major construction projects.

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  • Truckies Honour Crash Victims in Christmas Memorial

    December 21

    The Coffs Coast Advocate, 20 December 2017
    TRUCK drivers and supporters held a memorial in Sydney today to highlight the increased number of deaths from truck crashes this year.

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