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!

  • Coles Drives Road Safety Standards Down

    May 23

    A team of ‘Mystery Shoppers’ today gave patrons at the Coles store in Darwin a crash course in road safety – highlighting the role big retailers play in unsafe truck driving practices.

    TWU MEDIA RELEASE, 23 May 2013

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  • Truck Industry and Drivers United in Call for Safety Focus

    May 23

    Truck drivers and their employers presented a united front at the TWU National Council in Darwin today in their calls for a greater focus on road safety in the supply chain.
    TWU MEDIA RELEASE, 23 May 2013

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  • Pell Notes "Terrible Pressures on Truck Drivers"

    May 22

    Catholic Cardinal George Pell has bought into the debate about greater protection for truck drivers, saying they must be recognised as "human beings, and not just those to be used to the detriment of themselves and their families".

    WORKPLACE EXPRESS, 21 May 2013

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  • Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal Too Important to Lose

    May 21

    The Road Safety and Remuneration Tribunal (RSRT) must be given the time it needs to make Australian roads safer and not be rolled by vested interests determined to push truckies to the brink and beyond, according to the Transport Workers’ Union (TWU).

    TWU MEDIA RELEASE, 21 May 2013

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  • Coalition IR Policy A U-turn on Road Safety

    May 09

    Plans announced by the Coalition to review the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal in the event of winning September’s Federal election ignore all of the evidence collected over twenty years showing a direct relationship between pay and conditions for truck drivers and road safety, said Tony Sheldon, National Secretary of the Transport Workers’ Union.

    TWU Media Release, 9 May 2013

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