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!

  • Truck Drivers Appeal To Turnbull Not To Abolish The Road Safety Tribunal

    April 13

    TWU MEDIA RELEASE, 14 April 2016
    Truck drivers and their families from across transport sectors appealed to Malcolm Turnbull today not to abolish the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal because it is the only body which can save lives in an industry with the highest workplace fatalities.

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  • TWU Slams Turnbull Over Plans To Abolish Road Safety Watchdog

    April 11

    TWU MEDIA RELEASE, 10 April 2016
    The Transport Workers’ Union has slammed Malcolm Turnbull over his announcement today that he intends to abolish the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal, on the eve of the Government’s own consultation process on the tribunal.

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  • TWU Urges Federal Government To Back Road Safety Tribunal After Federal Court Ruling

    April 07

    TWU MEDIA RELEASE, 7 April 2016
    The Transport Workers’ Union has urged the Federal Government to support the road safety watchdog after a federal court in Brisbane backed its decision to set safe minimum rates for truck drivers.

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  • Police Truck Blitz Shows Safety Risks In Trucking & Need For Safe Rates

    April 07

    TWU SA/NT Branch Media Release, 7 April 2016
    The Transport Workers’ Union is calling on the Federal Government to drop its opposition to a watchdog aimed at reducing risks on the roads as a police truck blitz showed major safety breaches.

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  • Safe Rates for Owner Drivers

    April 07

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