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!

  • Owner drivers battle Toll over massive hit to income

    June 23

    Owner drivers are today challenging Toll after the transport operator unilaterally terminated an agreement with them, reducing their wages by up to $1000 a week.

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  • Stevedores monopoly exposed over port fees deception

    June 23

    The Transport Workers Union has criticised a monopoly by stevedores after the truth has been exposed behind massive port access fees for trucks.

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  • Alone on the Open Road: Truckers Feel Like 'Throwaway People'

    May 24


    By Trip Gabriel, Photographs By George Etheredge, New York Times, May 22, 2017

    President Trump ignited a national discussion of blue-collar jobs. Truck driving, once a road to the middle class, is now low-paying, grinding, unhealthy work. We talked with drivers about why they do it.

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  • Truck drivers block road in Fremantle to highligh crash deaths

    May 16

    Truck drivers and TWU supporters angry at wealthy retailer Aldi over a spike in deaths from truck crashes have blocked a road in South Fremantle.

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  • Over 22% of truck drivers experience mental health issues, survey shows

    May 15

    The Transport Workers’ Union has begun a plan to tackle mental health issues across the transport industry after a new survey showed over one in five truck drivers have said they experienced mental health problems.

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