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!

  • Six Die During Horror Week For Truck Crashes

    November 17


    TWU MEDIA RELEASE, 17 November 2016
     
    The Transport Workers’ Union is calling for an urgent review of Federal and State road safety agencies following a spate of truck crashes that have left six people dead in just three days.

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  • New Senate Truck Driver Licensing Probe Hearing

    November 11


    ATN, by Rob McKay, 11 November 2016
     
    The senator Glenn Sterle-led ‘Aspects of road safety in Australia’ inquiry will grill state and federal public servants today, with the focus to be on driver licensing standards.

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  • Driving Schools' 'Bogus' Licences Causing Trucking Havoc

    November 10


    Thomson Reuters Workforce Daily, 9 November 2016
     
    Exploited migrant workers are creating "havoc" on roads because bogus driving schools hand them licences for heavy vehicles without providing proper training, the head of the transport union has said.

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  • Underpayment Of Migrant Driver Highlights Larger Exploitation Problem, TWU Warns

    November 10


    TWU MEDIA RELEASE, 10 November 2016

    Underpayment of a Sri Lankan truck driver by almost $9,000 highlights the ongoing problem of exploitation in the transport industry, the Transport Workers’ Union has warned.

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  • TWU Stands With Sacked Cub Workers, Calls For Corporate Accountability On Wages, Conditions

    November 09


    TWU MEDIA RELEASE, 9 November 2016
     
    TWU National Secretary Tony Sheldon has stood with sacked workers at the Carlton United Breweries today, demanding that the Government make wealthy manufacturers and retailers accountable for what happens to workers in their supply chains.

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