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!

  • Frank Black Re-Election Good News for Truck Drivers

    March 15


    Tony Sheldon, National Secretary of the Transport Workers’ Union (TWU) has welcomed the re-election of Queensland truck driver Frank Black as the owner-driver representative on the Australian Trucking Association’s (ATA) General Council as good news for everyone who drives a truck for a living.

    TWU Media Release, 15 March 2013

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  • Union Goes After Supply Chain In RSRT Submissions

    March 07

    The Transport Workers Union (TWU) is pushing for a suite of new measures to be imposed on the trucking industry’s customers, including forcing them to pay a training levy and meet extra responsibilities under transport contracts.
     
    Brad Gardner, Australasian Transport News, 7 March 2013

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  • TWU Fights for Truckies' Rights

    February 19


    I would like to add support and give encouragement to the comments made by Wally Webb, long distance driver Western Australia; and Victor D'Angelo, truck driver; which they made in the published edition of the January 2013 Owner/Driver magazine; expressing their appreciation of the support from the Transport Worker's Union (TWU).
     
    Letters, Owner/Driver Magazine, 1 February 2013

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  • TWU continues pressure on Coles after Woolworths comes around

    January 22


    One half of the Supermarket duopoly, Woolworths, has made encouraging public commitments to playing their part in tackling the lethal pressures in trucking while the other half, Coles, continues to stick their head in the sand.

    Charles Pauka, Transport and Logistics News, 17 January 2013

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  • Coles Keeps Head In The Sand As Woolies Commits to Working With Road Transport Industry on Safety Crisis

    January 16


    One half of the Supermarket duopoly, Woolworths, has made encouraging public commitments to playing their part in tackling the lethal pressures in trucking while the other half, Coles, continues to stick their head in the sand. That’s according to Tony Sheldon, National Secretary of the Transport Workers’ Union (TWU).

    TWU Media Release, 16 January 2013

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