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!

  • Two Die In WA Truck Crashes As Federal Government Opposes Solution On Road Safety

    May 13

    TWU MEDIA RELEASE, 13 May 2016

    Two truck drivers have died in separate truck crashes in Western Australia highlighting the need for a solution to the crisis in trucking. A 39-year-old driver was killed when his truck rolled over on the Eyre Peninsula yesterday. Another driver died when his truck caught fire following a crash on Great Eastern Highway near Northam on Tuesday.

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  • Deaths And Police Blitz Show Crisis On The Roads As Federal Government Dithers

    May 11

    TWU MEDIA RELEASE, 11 May 2016

    The Transport Workers’ Union is urgently demanding the Federal Government meet all representatives of the transport industry to find a solution to the crisis on the roads. The call comes as another person died in a truck crash while a police blitz in NSW found over 1600 defects in trucks and hundreds of drivers in breach of rules on fatigue, securing their load and drug use.

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  • Operation StateTrans Finds Major Flaws In Trucking Fleets While Government Abolishes Road Safety Laws

    May 11

    TWU NSW MEDIA RELEASE, 11 May 2016
    Transport Workers Union NSW Acting Secretary Richard Olsen has slammed the Federal Government for standing in the way of safe rates for truck drivers and their families as a major police operation in NSW found serious problems with maintenance and drugs in trucking fleets right across the supply chain.

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  • TWU Calls For Investigation Into Transport Bankruptcies; Slams Waste Of Taxpayers' Money On Bogus Inquiry

    May 09

    TWU MEDIA RELEASE, 9 May 2016
    The Transport Workers’ Union is calling on the Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman to investigate low pay and the high number of insolvencies among owner drivers and small transport operators.

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  • NSW Police Launch Operation StateTrans

    May 04

    Big Rigs, 4 May 2016

    More than 3000 truck and trailers have been inspected in the first few days of Operation stateTrans.

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