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!

  • Transport Workers Protest Over Company's Exploitation & Fed Govt Inaction

    April 04

    TWU MEDIA RELEASE, 4 April 2017

    Transport workers and activists will hold co-ordinated protests around the country today over transport operator, Northline, which is spear-heading a race to the bottom in the industry through poor wages and conditions.

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  • Big Win For Owner Drivers With GCCD

    March 30

    Big Rigs, 30 March 2017
    We have had a win for owner drivers, with the Transport Workers Union and many industry and business groups working together to finalise an agreement on the General Carriers Contract Determination, which has been approved by the New South Wales Industrial Relations Commission.

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  • We Need To Put A Brake On Truckies' Road Toll

    March 27

    Goulburn Post , by Ainsleigh Sheridan, 26 Mar 2017

    Last year, 198 people died from 174 fatal crashes involving articulated or heavy rigid trucks on Australian roads.

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  • Horror Truck Crash Shows Need For Urgent Government Action, Says TWU

    March 24

    TWU MEDIA RELEASE, 24 March 2017
    Two truck drivers have been killed in a horrific truck crash in Sydney’s south highlighting the deadly nature of the job and the need for a solution to the crisis in trucking.

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  • Win For Owner Drivers As Industry Backs And Expands Model For Fair Rates & Conditions

    March 15


    TWU MEDIA RELEASE, 15 March 2017
    Owner drivers got a boost today as the NSW Industrial Relations Commission backed and expanded a system which ensures them full cost recovery for their work.

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