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!

  • Anti-RSRT Arguments Sickening

    June 16

    AFR, by Tony Sheldon, 16 June 2016
    Arguments against a solution to the high death toll in trucking ring hollow, as two letters to your newspaper show. To say there is no need for a solution since the 2548 people killed over a 10-year period is a reduction on the previous 10 years is sickening.

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  • Two Drivers Killed In Horror Crash; TWU Calls On Government To Support Solution To Crisis

    June 14

    TWU MEDIA RELEASE, 14 June 2016
    Two truck drivers have been killed in a horrific truck crash in NSW highlighting the deadly nature of the job and the need for a solution to the crisis in trucking.

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  • CH9: Calls for Minimum Pay to Be Re instated

    June 10

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  • TWU Election Advert To Highlight Coalition Opposition To Road Safety

    June 10

    TWU MEDIA RELEASE, 10 June 2016
    An advert is to be broadcast highlighting the horrific effects of the Government’s opposition to a system of safe rates for truck drivers, which would cut the number of deaths in truck crashes.

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  • Small Business Ombudsman Refuses To Hear Testimony From Drivers On Need For Safe Rates

    June 09

    TWU MEDIA RELEASE, 9 June 2016
    Small Business Ombudsman Kate Carnell has refused to hear evidence from owner drivers about how a system of safe minimum rates would make their jobs safer and more sustainable.

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