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 Tell Coles To Stand Up and Take Responsibility

    August 14


    Veteran Transport Workers’ Union (TWU) truckies united outside Coles in central Sydney this morning (14 August 2012) to tell the giant retailer to start taking responsibility for the lethal pressures in the trucking that make it Australia’s most deadly industry.

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  • Retailers warned of unrealistic demands on truck drivers

    August 06

    Road safety investigators have warned major retailers such as Coles that they may end up before a court for placing unrealistic demands on transport companies and encouraging drivers to drive dangerously.

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  • Transport Workers’ Union Challenges Coles to Public Debate on Safety Issues - Significant Increase in Truck Fatalities in Two States

    July 27


    The Transport Workers’ Union of Australia (TWU) has challenged Coles to a public debate on the continuing high number of deaths and injuries from truck crashes across the country.

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  • 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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