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!

  • Retailers Face Bill for Truckies' Waiting Time

    December 11

    Retailers will be forced to reimburse transport operators required to wait unreasonable times to unload goods under a union plan to be put to an industrial tribunal.

    Ewin Hannan, The Australian, 11 December 2012

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  • Tribunal Decision Good for Truckies, Good for Business and Good for the Travelling Public

    December 10

    The decision of the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal to prioritise the retail sector in its first annual work programme is a victory for truckies, small business and the travelling public.  That’s according to Tony Sheldon, National Secretary of the Transport Workers’ Union (TWU).  The Retail Sector was the first of five sectors put out by the Tribunal in its decision today.

    TWU Media Release, 10 December 2012

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  • A Current Affair 26 November

    November 27

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  • Tackle Safety Crisis in Trucking With National Inquiry On Retail Supply Chains

    November 20

    The Government’s Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal can best address the continuing safety crisis in trucking, which has claimed the lives of six people in the past week alone, by focusing on the retail sector and by conducting a travelling inquiry across the country to get a thorough understanding of the scale of the problem. That’s according to senior Victorian based TWU Official, John Berger.

    TWU Media Release, 20 November 2012

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  • Coles and TWU Butt Heads Again

    November 16

    Coles has hit back at union claims that it is driving unsafe practices in the trucking industry. The Transport Workers Union (TWU) used today’s Wesfarmers annual general meeting to call on Coles to stop the “retail war” which is putting unrealistic demands on drivers. Truck drivers in major cities across the country have rallied, highlighting what impact the retail war is having on truck drivers and other road users.

    By Ruza Zivkusic-Aftasi, 14 November 2012

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