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!

  • Union Push For Global Safe Rates System Gains Traction At United Nations

    October 19


    Owner Driver, 19 October 2015

     

    Draft resolution from international meeting supports the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal.

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  • United Nations Body Backs Australian Model To Tackle Crisis In Trucking

    October 19


    TWU MEDIA RELEASE, 19 October 2015


    Employers, governments and employee groups at the United Nations labour body have backed a plan based on the Australian Safe Rates model to tackle the root causes of the high global death toll in trucking.

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  • Give Owner-Drivers Paid Fatigue Breaks, Higher Hourly Rate: TWU

    October 16


    Owner Driver, by Brad Gardner, 15 October 2015
     
    Union supports push for mandatory pay rates for owner-drivers and takes aim at critics.

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  • TWU To Highlight Pressures In Trucking During Road Safety Watchdog Hearings

    October 13


    TWU MEDIA RELEASE, 13 October 2015
     
    The Transport Workers’ Union will highlight the deadly effects of pressure in transport at hearings next week on safe minimum rates for owner drivers and demonstrate how vital it is that drivers are paid for the full costs of their work.

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  • Union Takes Case For Global Safe Rates To The United Nations

    October 13


    Owner Driver, 12 October 2015

    TWU wants international governments to follow Australia’s lead on addressing safety in the trucking industry.

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