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!

  • TWU Tells NSW Government To Clean Up Tip Truck Industry

    June 24

    Transport Workers’ Union NSW Acting Secretary Richard Olsen has said the NSW Government needs to stand up for mum and dad tip truck drivers who are being squeezed out of the industry by dodgy operators in dodgy trucks.

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  • Drivers Demand Focus On Safety As Trucking Convoys & Protests Held In All Major Capitals

    June 22

    TWU MEDIA RELEASE, 19 June 2016
    Truck drivers, their families and the families of those killed in truck crashes have held co-ordinated convoys and protests around the country to demand an end to pressure in the industry which is causing deaths and injuries.

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  • Trucking Convoys & Protests In All Major Capitals Sunday 19th June

    June 17

    TWU MEDIA RELEASE, 17 June 2016
    Truck drivers, their families and the families of those killed in truck crashes will join co-ordinated convoys and protests around the country on Sunday to highlight the high death toll in trucking.

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  • Safe Rates For The Whole Transport Industry

    June 16

    Big Rigs, by TWU NSW Acting State Secretary Richard Olsen, 16 June 2016
    SAFE Rates is our fight to make sure big businesses pay what it costs to transport their freight safely so that every transport worker, whether they are an owner driver or an employee, is paid fairly for all of the work they do – every hour, every kilometre and every cost.

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  • Blatant Agendas

    June 16

    Owner Driver, by TWU National Secretary Tony Sheldon, 1 June 2016

    Despite certain road transport associations claiming to exist for the betterment of the industry, their motives are clearly to keep rates at dangerously low levels, Tony Sheldon writes.

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