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!

  • Advance Memorial: up to 80 Deaths this Christmas

    December 10


    Transport Workers Union National Secretary Tony Sheldon today joined around 200 drivers and their families in an advance memorial for the up to 80 people who would die in truck-related crashes on Australian roads this Christmas.
     
    TWU MEDIA RELEASE, 10 December 2013

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  • Too Many Deaths on Our Roads

    December 09


    Our thoughts are with their family.
     
    Recently we had the Cootes fuel tanker crash in Sydney, where lives were sadly lost because a vehicle had not been properly maintained.

    Big Rigs, by Wayne Forno, TWU NSW State Secretary, 9 December 2013

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  • Truckie Fatality Figures Shock

    November 27


    "Road freight deaths 15 times higher than the national industry average. That’s a disgrace, and a reflection on the pressure drivers are put under to speed, to overload their trucks and to skip rest breaks simply to meet unrealistic deadlines."

    Big Rigs, 22 November 2013

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  • Hands off Safe Rates: TWU

    November 22


    Transport Workers’ Union national secretary Tony Sheldon says the Federal Government’s review of the national Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal showed contempt for families of the 330 people killed in truck-related crashes in the last year and a casual disregard for drivers pressured by clients to speed or carry overweight loads.
     
    Transport & Logistics News, by Charles Pauka , 21 November 2013

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  • Abetz "review" shows contempt for road safety

    November 21


    Transport Workers' Union National Secretary Tony Sheldon today said the Abbott Government's "review" of the national Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal showed contempt for families of the 330 people killed in truck-related crashes in the last year and a casual disregard for drivers pressured by clients to speed or carry overweight loads.

    TWU MEDIA RELEASE, 21 November 2013

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