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!

  • TRUCK CRASH ON STURT HIGHWAY HIGHLIGHTS DANGERS IN TRANSPORT

    May 01


    TWU SA/NT BRANCH MEDIA RELEASE, 1 May 2018
     
    An incident in which a truck driver was killed and another man was left critically injured highlights road transport as Australia’s deadliest job, Ian Smith, TWU SA/NT Branch Secretary has said.

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  • VIDEO: Truck Drivers Protests

    April 19


    Hundreds of truck drivers protested across the country today (18 April 2018) who are angry at Aldi for turning their back on road safety. Here’re some media clips of the protest highlights:

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  • TRUCKIES PROTEST 2 YEARS AFTER GOVERNMENT SHUT DOWN SAFETY WATCHDOG, AS SURVEY SHOWS 93% DEMAND CHANGE IN TRANSPORT

    April 18


    TWU MEDIA RELEASE, 18 April 2018
     
    Hundreds of truck drivers and their supporters protested today in all major capitals as a new survey shows 93% of drivers want to see changes to make transport safer and less pressured. Drivers sat on Oxford Street in Sydney and marched in Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth in a stark message to the Federal Government which shut down a road safety watchdog two years ago, allowing wealthy retailers like Aldi to financially squeeze transport.

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  • TRUCKIES PROTEST 2 YEARS AFTER GOVERNMENT SHUT DOWN SAFETY WATCHDOG, AS SURVEY SHOWS 93% DEMAND CHANGE IN TRANSPORT

    April 18


    TWU MEDIA RELEASE, 18 April 2018
     
    Truck drivers will protest in all major capitals today as a new survey shows 93% of drivers want to see changes to make transport safer and less pressured.

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  • Devious Theft of Wages

    April 12


    Owner Driver, by TWU National Secretary Tony Sheldon, April 2018
     
    Industry lobby groups are campaigning for drivers to be moved to part-time roles and a loss of full entitlements.

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