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!

  • NatRoad Exposed At Hearings Over Failure To Represent Transport Operators & Drivers

    March 29

    TWU MEDIA RELEASE, 29 March 2016
    The National Road Transport Association has been exposed during weekend hearings for failing over the last two years to inform its members or educate them on the road safety watchdog’s Order on safe rates.

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  • TWU Slams NatRoad For Abandoning Transport Companies And Drivers At Road Safety Tribunal

    March 26

    TWU MEDIA RELEASE, 26 March 2016
    The National Road Transport Association has failed to represent transport companies or truck drivers by refusing to hold major retailers and manufacturers to account for late payments and low rates, the Transport Workers’ Union has said.

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  • Where’s The Money For Transport Really Going?

    March 22

    TWU NEWS, by TWU NSW Secretary Michael Aird, 22 March 2016
    Truck stops, distribution centres, airwaves and newspapers have been consumed by talk on the Road Safety Remuneration Order over the past couple of weeks.

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  • Truckies Disrupt Coles Distributions Centres To Highlight Retailer’s Lethal Squeeze

    March 22

    TWU NSW MEDIA RELEASE, 18 March 2016
    TWU NSW Secretary Michael Aird has told Coles to stop buying off their responsibilities as major transport clients by donating to politicians in Canberra and instead take responsibility for their lethal economic squeeze on truck drivers that is leading to hundreds of truck crash related deaths on Australian roads each year.

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  • TWU Demands Government Close Loopholes Allowing Untrained Workers To Drive Trucks

    March 22

    TWU MEDIA RELEASE, 22 March 2016

    The Transport Workers’ Union at a Senate inquiry has called on state and federal governments to urgently close loopholes allowing untrained, illegal and exploited workers to drive trucks.

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