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!

  • Truckies Want To Live

    September 04

    The Logan Reporter, by Christine Rossouw, 3 September 2015
    More than 300 people are killed in truck crashes every year in Australia. "It's safer to go to Afghanistan than it is to be a truck driver," Jeremy Johnson, from Eagleby, said.

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  • QLD Fatal Fuel Tanker Tragedy – TWU Demands Action

    September 03

    TWU QLD MEDIA RELEAE, 2 September 2015
    Following the fatal fuel tanker crash in Pittsworth yesterday, The Transport Workers’ Union of QLD has warned that any attacks on the pay and conditions of truck drivers will result in more road deaths, and that now is the time to act to legislate for safety on our roads.

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  • TV Reports: Safe Rates Tour 2015

    September 02

    TWU activists from QLD and SA held protests across the country against the high death toll in the trucking industry and demanded accountability at the top of the supply chain.

    The QLD and SA convoys arrived Sydney on Thursday August 27th and joined 700 local transport workers to rally at James Ruse Drive in Sydney’s West to highlight Coles’ lethal squeeze on truck drivers.

    Here are some of the TV reports:

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  • Chain Of Responsibility

    September 01

    Australasian Transport News
    , by Steve Skinner, September 2015

    One of the biggest customers of the Australian trucking industry could be vulnerable to chain of responsibility on fatigue, this time for its own company drivers

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  • TWU Welcomes Road Safety Watchdog Move On Safe Rates For Drivers

    August 28

    TWU MEDIA RELEASE, 27 August 2015
    The Transport Workers’ Union has welcomed a draft decision by the road safety watchdog to set safe rates for truck drivers to cover the full costs of their work.

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