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!

  • TWU Draft Order For A Safer Oil, Fuel And Gas Sector

    September 11

    A critical draft Order was yesterday released by the Transport Workers’ Union (TWU) to address horrific safety standards in the Oil, Fuel and Gas sector.
    TWU MEDIA RELEASE, 11 September 2014

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  • 2GB: 457 Truck Drivers

    September 10

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  • Westgate Freeway Accident: One Truck Crash Death Every Week In Victoria

    September 02

    Transport Workers Union National Secretary Tony Sheldon today said 34 deaths in Victorian truck crashes this year was further evidence of economic pressure on truck drivers to speed or skip rest breaks in order to meet unrealistic deadlines.
    TWU MEDIA RELEASE, 2 September 2014

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  • Parliamentary Speech of Senator Glenn Sterle, 27 August 2014

    August 28

    Senator STERLE
    (Western Australia) (11:32): I look forward to making my contribution to this debate today on the Land Transport Infrastructure Amendment Bill. Senators in this place should have road safety foremost in their minds, not only for our transport operators but for every single Australian who uses our roads. There are a lot of issues I want to clear up. Firstly, it is no secret that Labor does support the general purpose of the bill. We have no argument with that as it was our legislation and our work in 2009 that created this bill.

    The Senate Proof Bills: Land Transport Infrastructure Amendment Bill 2014: Second Reading Speech, 27 August 2014

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  • TV Reports: TWU Raises Safety Concerns After Transpacific Fatal Crash

    August 21

    Rubbish collection services have been halted in many parts of the country after Australia's largest waste management firm Transpacific grounded its entire fleet in wake of a fatal crash happened in Adelaide on Monday, killing a man and a woman, as well as critically injuring two others, including the truck driver. The Transport Workers Union (TWU) said the grounding highlighted its long-held concerns about the safety of drivers in the industry.
    Here is a collection of the relevant TV reports:

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