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!

  • Sharon Bird MP Supports Korean Truckies' Fight for Safe Rates

    December 01

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  • Big Profits Can Mean Trimming Truck Safety

    November 24

    Australian Financial Review, by Tony Sheldon, TWU National Secretary, 24 November 2015

    In reference to "Now the cardigan is over" (November 21-22). Wesfarmers' outgoing chairman Bob Every has presided over a highly successful retail group, but at what cost has this success come? Wesfarmers posted $2.44 billion profit this year but cut freight costs by $13 million. When major retailers continually slash transport contract costs this is the effect 330 people are killed each year in truck-related crashes because drivers are under pressure to speed, drive long hours, overload vehicles and skip rest breaks.

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  • TV Reports: Truckies Arrested at Protest for Trucking Safety

    November 16

    TV REPORTS, 12 November 2015

    Ten truckies and two union activists were arrested during a TWU protest inside a Coles store in Sydney ahead of Wesfarmers annual general meeting on Thursday afternoon (12 November 2015 afternoon).

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  • TWU Calls For Inquiry Into Late Payments For Transport Operators; Slams Logistic Council's Opposition To Road Safety Watchdog

    November 13

    TWU MEDIA RELEASE, 13 November 2015
    The Transport Workers’ Union is calling on the road safety watchdog to investigate late payments of up to 120 days by major retailers and manufacturers to transport operators, which is forcing some out of business.

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  • Truck Drivers Arrested During Protest In Coles Store Ahead Of Wesfarmers AGM

    November 12

    TWU MEDIA RELEASE, 12 November 2015
    Police have arrested 10 truck drivers and TWU activists during a peaceful demonstration at a Coles store in Parramatta.

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