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!

  • Safety Drives Australia To End Pay-By-The-Mile

    January 15

    Fleet Owner, by Howard Abramson, 13 January 2016
    WASHINGTON. Australia is in the process of eliminating pay by the mile for many of its truck drivers, and replacing it with guaranteed minimum hourly wages, a program the government is calling “safe rates.”

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  • TWU Demands Better Safety In Haulage

    January 15

    TWU QLD Branch New, 14 January 2016
    The Queensland Branch of the Transport Workers’ Union is also demanding better safety standards after a truck crash on the Old Chatswood Road off ramp from the Logan Motorway on Tuesday.

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  • A Safety Boost for the Trucking Industry in QLD

    January 13

    612 ABC Brisbane, Lachlan Mackintosh, 12 January 2016
    Just before Christmas, a major safety boost came in for the QLD trucking industry.

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  • TWU Wants 30-Day Payment Terms Throughout Trucking Industry

    January 13

    Owner Driver, by Brad Gardner, 12 January 2016
    Provision guaranteeing 30-day payment for contractors should cover all transport operators, union says.

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  • Limit Truck Drivers To 10 Hour of Work A Day: Fatigue Expert

    January 11

    Owner Driver, by Brad Gardner, 11 January 2016
    Truck drivers work too long and too hard, says fatigue expert, who wants major changes to fatigue management laws.

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