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!

  • TWU Agitates Against Hanson Deal

    September 24

    The TWU is planning to thwart Hanson Construction Materials’ locked in cartage rates and waiting times for owner-drivers. Brad Gardner reports

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  • Whip Hand

    September 24

    Corporate customers are continuing to wield their influence while accepting none of the responsibility, according to new research, which also points to the existence of two cultures in the trucking industry. Brad Gardener writes.

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  • Trucking Tragedies Highlight Pressures In Australia’s Most Dangerous Industry - TWU

    September 18


    The continuing safety crisis in trucking, highlighted by media reports surrounding recent fatal crashes involving drivers carting in retail supply chains, has once again demonstrated the need to tackle the dangerous and often life-threatening pressures in road transportation driven by the demands of major retailers like Coles.  That’s according to Tony Sheldon, National Secretary of the Transport Workers Union (TWU).

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  • Safe Rates' Global Appeal

    September 17

    Australia’s Safe Rates model is garnering interest from transport unions in other parts of the world where an uneven playing field for drivers exists, writes Tony Sheldon

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  • Tragic Proof of Truckie’s Safety Fears

    September 06


    Truck driver Rodney Johnson warned Main Roads two years ago someone was likely to die on the dangerous North West Coastal Highway.

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