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!

  • Black Prepares For Big RSRT Hearing On Driver Rates

    October 22

    ATN, 22 October 2015

    Owner-driver representative urges tribunal to press ahead with plan to mandate minimum pay rates.

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  • RSRT Rates Order Won't Hurt Owner-Driver Viability: Kaine

    October 22

    Owner Driver, by Brad Gardner, 22 October 2015
    Senior TWU official says new rates structure for owner-drivers could make industry more attractive to prospective entrants.

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  • Drivers Urge Safe Rates to End Carnage In Trucking As Road Safety Hearings Open

    October 22

    TWU MEDIA RELEASE, 22 October 2015
    Truck drivers are today urging the road safety watchdog to set safe minimum rates that cover the full cost of their work to help put an end to the deadly pressures in the transport industry.

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  • Do Wages Cause Speeding?

    October 21

    Big Rigs, by Candyce Braithwaite, 21 October 2015


    What is the speeding culture in the heavy vehicle industry?

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  • Ugly Rise In Heavy Rigid Fatal Crashes Continues

    October 21

    ATN, 21 October 2015


    Good news is that articulated truck figures remain on a downward path. The bad news on fatal crashes involving heavy-rigid trucks shows no sign of abating and hopes at the start of last year that the trend may have peaked have been dashed.

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