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!

  • National Heavy Vehicle Regulator

    February 12

    Transport Workers’ Union National Secretary Tony Sheldon today (10/2/14) said the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator, which starts operations today, would not address the economic pressures on drivers which were the major cause of speeding, fatigue and poor maintenance.

    TWU MEDIA RELEASE, 10 February 2014

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  • Tanker Drivers Want Govt to Act

    February 05

    Petrol tanker drivers are threatening to impose go-slows unless the federal government forces major retailers to stop pressuring trucking firms to compromise on road safety.

    AAP, 4 Feb 2014

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  • Union Alleges Tanker Safety Rules Broken

    February 05

    The Transport Workers Union claims fuel-tanker drivers were forced to speed, skip rest breaks and fake their log books just to keep contracted work.

    The Australian Financial Review, by Joanna Mather and Angela Macdonald-Smith, 4 Feb 2014

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  • Petrol Tanker Fleet Are "Mobile Bombs" - National Dispute Lodged over Oil, Fuel and Gas Safety

    February 04

    The Transport Workers Union will today lodge a national dispute over safety issues in Australia's oil, fuel and gas industries, with new industry surveys showing 1 in 4 petrol tanker drivers are pressured to break the speed limit, 1 in 3 are pushed to falsify logbooks, and 1 in 2 skip rest breaks and drive while fatigued.
    TWU MEDIA RELEASE, 4 February 2014

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  • This Trucking Life

    January 31

    Long haul trucking is a tough way to make a living. It's also an industry that takes far too many lives. The latest figures show that in just one year 242 people were killed in truck-related crashes and hundreds more were injured. Many of those accidents could have been avoided.

    ABC Four Corners, by Stephen Long and Wayne Harley, 30 January 2014

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