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!


    December 20

    TWU MEDIA RELEASE, 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. The event was attended by Federal Labor Employment spokesman Brendan O’Connor who condemned the Government over its inaction on the carnage.

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  • Financial pressure on trucking is leading to safety fails

    December 18

    A Government scheme to combat dangerous trucks on the roads will fail unless the financial pressure on transport operators is addressed, the Transport Workers’ Union has warned.

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  • WIN News: Tip Top Drivers Demand Action on Safety & Exploitation

    December 07

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  • Tip Top drivers being 'worked to death' as families call for greater responsibility

    December 06

    ABC 7.30 Report, by Elise Worthington and Alex McDonald, 5 December 2017
    Barry Swann returned to Tip Top's western Sydney depot in April 2009 after a long night delivering bread to stores and supermarkets in the city's outer suburbs.

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    December 06

    TWU MEDIA RELEASE, 6 December 2017
    Exploited owner drivers working for bread manufacturer Tip Top are in Canberra today demanding that the Federal Government reinstate legislation that dealt exploitation and safety risks in transport supply chains.

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