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!

  • Veteran Truckies Stand Up To Coles

    July 25

    Veteran Truck Drivers are descending on Coles stores across Australia today, to protest against the pressures being put on truck drivers by the giant retailer.  The retired drivers are speaking to shoppers and the wider public, highlighting conditions in the trucking industry, and how Coles uses its economic power to squeeze its suppliers, and drive down conditions and safety standards.

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  • Another Truck Rollover Due To Fatigue

    July 09


    TWU Assistant National Secretary, Michael Kaine, spoke to ABC Goulburn Murray recently as another truck rolled over in the region, as a result of driver  fatigue. Michael explained that fatigue is a symptom of the pressures in the industry as a result of  major transport clients like Coles, squeezing 'every last dollar' from truckies and trucking companies, and these pressures lead to increased accidents.

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  • Major Transport Clients Must Take The Pressure Off Truckies Or Face The Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal- TWU

    July 02


    Statement by Michael Kaine, Acting National Secretary, TWU
    , July 1st, 2012

    Major clients who place lethal pressure on road transport operators will now have to face the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal and this will result in a safer, fairer and  more  efficient  road  transport  industry  for  everyone.  That’s  according  to Michael Kaine, Acting National Secretary of the Transport Workers’ Union (TWU).

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  • Study Finds Union Representation In Trucking Linked To Higher Safety Performance

    June 25

    In case there was any doubt, a recent study by researchers at the University of Maryland confirmed that unionized motor carriers are superior to nonunion carriers when it comes to safety performance on our nation’s roads and highways.

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  • ABC News 24, 30 May 2012, 05:04PM

    June 05

    More than 100 truckies have staged a protest outside a supermarket in the CBD in Sydney over dangerous working conditions. The Transport Workers Union organised the rally and surveyed workers, where more than half felt pressure to drive too fast.

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