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!

  • 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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  • Safe Rates on the World Stage

    July 04

    TWU NEWS, 4 July 2017
    More than 5000 truck drivers hit the streets of Seoul in South Korea to make sure the country’s new president keeps his promise of legislative reform.

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  • TWU calls for audit of Garden Grove following shocking dash cam footage

    June 28

    The Transport Workers’ Union is calling on the Department of Transport, SA Police Heavy Vehicle Taskforce and Safe Work SA to carry out a full audit on trucking company Garden Grove, over pressure on drivers to break the rules.

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  • TWU Highlights Spike In Truck Deaths and Exploitation in Transport Industry at Senate Inquiry

    June 26

    The Transport Workers’ Union has condemned the Federal Government for ignoring an increase in deaths among transport workers and other road users in truck crashes, during a Senate Inquiry hearing. The Union highlighted exploitation in the industry which is leading to safety risks.

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