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!


    August 14

    TWU VIC/TAS BRANCH NEWS, 13 August 2017
    The State Government has pledged to mandate minimum hourly rates for Tip Truck Owner Drivers across all government infrastructure projects.

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  • WATCH: The Moment A Hero Truckie Rolled His Rig To Save Other Drivers

    July 24

    7News Adelaide, 22 July 2017
    The terrifying moment a truck driver who had lost his brakes, risked his life to spare other motorists has been caught on camera.

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    July 20

    TWU MEDIA RELEASE, 20 July 2017 

    The Transport Workers’ Union is calling for an investigation into the transport industry after six people were killed in truck crashes across NSW in the last 24 hours.

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  • Garden Grove Fires Second Truck Driver Over Dangerous Driving

    July 13

    The Advertiser, by Kathryn Bermingham, 12 July 2017
    Outdoor supply company Garden Grove has dismissed a second truckie after his unsafe driving was exposed on social media — just weeks after another driver was sacked in strikingly similar circumstances.

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  • The Industry's Dark Side

    July 12

    Owner Driver, by TWU National Secretary Tony Sheldon, 01 Jul 2017
    Long-haul truck drivers are known to enjoy the freedom of the highway, but behind the scenes the industry is breeding a culture of danger and discontent. Tony Sheldon writes

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