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!

  • Protecting Your Most Valuable Asset: People

    November 09

    Transport Workers' Union National Secretary Tony Sheldon's speech at the Freight Outlook Seminar, Wednesday, 9 November 2016

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  • CH9 ADL: Truckies Speak Out after Fatal Crash

    November 08

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  • Drivers Killed In Horror Crashes Show Why Trucking Is Australia's Deadliest Job

    November 07

    TWU MEDIA RELEASE, 7 November 2016
    Two truck drivers have been killed in horrific crashes in South Australia and Perth highlighting the deadly nature of the job and the need for a solution to the crisis in trucking.

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  • $37,000 On Ombudsman's Report A 'Waste Of Taxpayers Money', says TWU

    November 02

    The Transport Workers’ Union has criticised as a waste of taxpayers money the more than $37,000 spent on nine public sessions looking at the impact of a two-week Order setting minimum rates for owner drivers.

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  • TWU Criticises ATA Over Call For More Rules On Drivers

    October 25

    TWU MEDIA RELEASE, 25 October 2016
    The Transport Workers’ Union has criticised the Australian Trucking Association over calls to hold drivers responsible for fatigue, while letting wealthy retailers and manufacturers off the hook for poor rates and unrealistic deadlines which force drivers to work long hours.

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