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!


    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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  • Lethal Weapons: 326 Heavy Vehicle Licences Issued Without Proper Assessment - TWU Says It’s Fortunate No One Has Been Killed

    July 06

    The Department of Transport (DoT) released a statement this morning confirming it contracted the Registered Training Organisation (RTO), Mines West, to provide heavy vehicle practical driving assessments – but in January 2017 DoT notified the Corruption and Crimes Commission with concerns 326 licences were granted by the RTO without proper assessment.

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  • TWU OPINION: Casualisation Hurts on Job Training

    July 06

    The Logan Reporter, by Richard Olsen, 5 July 2017
    A TRAINGING PRIORITY: On the job training lacks when drivers are employed casually.

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