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!

  • 6 Truck Crashes and 6 Deaths since Monday

    November 13

    Transport Workers’ Union National Secretary Tony Sheldon today said six truck crashes and six deaths in two days was evidence of the pressure on drivers to speed or skip rest breaks, to meet unrealistic deadlines.

    TWU MEDIA RELEASE, 13 November 2013

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  • Heavy Rigid Fatalities Rise

    November 12

    The latest statistics show that fatal crashes involving heavy rigid trucks are up by 37.1% year on year.
    Big Rigs, 10 November 2013

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  • Coles Risks Lives

    November 07

    National Secretary of the Transport Workers’ Union (TWU), Tony Sheldon today said supermarket giant Coles was responsible for an increased risk of truck crashes on Australian roads, by forcing drivers to speed, drive unsafe hours and carry overweight loads.

    TWU MEDIA RELEASE, 7 November 2013

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  • Road Freight Fatality Rate Spikes in Latest Report

    November 05

    The risk of death to people working in the road freight sector has almost doubled in one year, while truck driving remains the most dangerous job.

    AUSTRALASIAN TRANSPORT NEWS, by Brad Gardner, 4 November 2013

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  • ACCC, TWU Take Aim at Supermarkets

    November 01

    Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Chairman Rod Sims has given the regulator’s perspective on the debate surrounding the market share held by the two major supermarket chains. Mr Sims was speaking at the Australian Food and Grocery Council’s industry forum in Canberra.

    Transport & Logistics News, 31 October 2013

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