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!

  • Truck Driving: One Of The Deadliest Workplaces In Australia

    February 07

    The Age, by Anna Patty, 3 February 2017
    A truck cabin is among the deadliest workplaces in Australia, new research shows.

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  • Those At Top Of Chain-Of-Responsibility Should Be Held Accountable For Truck Road Deaths: New Research

    February 06

    TWU VIC/TAS Branch News, 2 February 2017
    A truck cabin is among the deadliest workplaces in Australia, new research shows.

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  • TWU National Secretary On The Today Show Speaking About Raids On A Transport Business And Transport Industry Safety Crisis

    February 06

    TWU VIC/TAS Branch News, 2 February 2017
    TWU National Secretary spoke this morning to the Today Show about raids currently being conducted on a Sydney transport business and the crises in the transport industry.

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  • Report Reveals Overworked Truck Drivers Fear Raising Safety Concerns

    February 06

    TWU MEDIA RELEASE, 3 February 2017
    A Macquarie University report has revealed the major reasons why truck driving is Australia’s deadliest job. Long hours, pressure to drive unsafe schedules with unsafe loads and an inability to raise safety concerns without jeopardising their jobs are among the risks to safety facing drivers.

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  • Safety Starts From The Top

    February 02

    The Coffs Coast Advocate, by Richard Olsen, TWU NSW State Secretary, 1 February 2017

    The first month of 2017 is not even over and we have already started the death count for the transport industry. At the time of writing we have lost four drivers. Four families are left asking the question, how has this occurred?

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