TWU

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!

  • Three Lives Lost in Two Weeks in QLD Horrific Crashes – Highlights Crisis in Trucking, TWU Warns

    February 04


    TWU MEDIA RELEASE, 4 February 2016
     
    A young woman has died in a horrific crash in Central Queensland, highlighting the crisis in the Australian trucking industry. The Transport Workers’ Union is calling for transport operators and wealthy retailers in the supply chain to ensure drivers are paid a safe and fair wage with well-maintained vehicles to tackle the road carnage.

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  • Horrific Crash Highlights Crisis in Trucking, TWU Warns

    February 03


    TWU MEDIA RELEASE, 3 February 2016
     
    A horrific crash north of Williams, WA which saw a woman tragically killed highlights the crisis in trucking and shows the need for transport operators and wealthy retailers to ensure drivers are paid a safe, fair wage with well-maintained vehicles, the Transport Workers’ Union has said.

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  • Business Alarmed at New Pay Rates for Truckies

    February 02


    AFR, by Ewin Hannan, 20 December 2015
     
    Business has criticised an "anti-competitive" decision to introduce mandatory minimum payments for many truck drivers, saying the move will increase costs and jeopardise the viability of road transport companies.

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  • It Took Hard Yakka but We Won Safe Rates Battle

    January 27


    Big Rigs, by Michael Aird, TWU NSW Secretary, 26 January 2016
     
    Decades of hard-yakka campaigning by truck drivers standing together as part of the TWU has scored a major success, with the recent ruling by the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal on minimum safe rates for owner drivers.

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  • TWU Urges Caution on Roads during Public Holiday Period

    January 22


    TWU MEDIA RELEASE, 22 January 2016
     
    The Transport Workers’ Union is urging road users to be vigilant this public holiday period given the high death toll in truck-related crashes this time last year.

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