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!

  • SKY NEWS interview with ACTU President Ged Kearney

    April 19

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  • Truckies Need A Fair Go Or More Lives Will Be Lost

    April 18

    SMH, by Tony Sheldon, 18 April 2016
    This is what happens when a truck driver isn't  paid a decent rate to cover the costs of running his truck or his labour. He speeds, drives longer than he is permitted to, skips mandatory rest breaks, forgoes maintenance on his truck. He might even take drugs to keep himself awake to drive those extra hours.

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  • Weekend Truck Crashes Claim 10 Lives; Govt Moves To Abolish Road Safety Watchdog

    April 18

    TWU MEDIA RELEASE, 18 April 2016

    A weekend of horror truck crashes has claimed the lives of 10 people, including two young girls, as the Government prepares to abolish the road safety watchdog.

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  • Truckie Pay Pressures Killed My Brother John

    April 15

    The Daily Telegraph, by Susan Posnakidis, 15 April 2016
    The thing that will always haunt me is that my brother John spent his last night on this earth waiting with his truck, alone. His truck had broken down and rather than go home, he chose to stay with his load, as any truckie would do. Early the next morning as he waited at a bus stop for help an out-of-control truck carrying 42 tonnes of steel crashed through the bus stop on the Princes Highway, Urrbrae, in South Australia.

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  • TWU Files Application To Address Concerns On Safe Rates Order

    April 14

    TWU MEDIA RELEASE, 14 April 2016
    The Transport Workers’ Union has filed an application at the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal today seeking to defer an Order on safe minimum rates for truck drivers while outstanding issues are addressed.

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