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!

  • Heads in the sand

    October 25

    Road transport associations and federal government are in denial following a recent investigation into the high percentage of heavy vehicle-related road deaths. Tony Sheldon writes in Owner//Driver

    NOT A day goes by when truck drivers aren't ripped off their wages, super or allowances. Not a day goes by also when drivers aren't forced to go over their hours or drive with loads not strapped properly, all while getting phone calls from their bosses harassing them to make unrealistic deadlines.

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    October 13

    TWU VIC/TAS Branch News, 13 October 2017

    Global supermarket giant Aldi is successful because it undercuts the competition. But the cheap groceries would not be possible without Aldi’s low-cost wages.

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    September 11

    TWU MEDIA RELEASE, 11 September 2017

    The Federal Government and transport employer groups are continuing to ignore the pressure on truck drivers which is causing a surge in deaths from truck crashes, despite a media investigation highlighting the problem, the TWU has warned.

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  • Criminal truckies should be off road, say family of victim Rian Payget-Strathdee

    September 11

    SMH, by Mario Christodoulou, 11 September 2017
    The family of a six-year-old killed after being shunted off the road by a truck, have called for truckies with a history of road offences to be taken off the road.

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  • On the road to the next trucking tragedy

    September 11

    SMH, by Mario Christodoulou, 10 September 2017
    Mona Vale brought the trucking industry to a crossroads. Four years – and many deaths – later, the pressures that caused the carnage remain.

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