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!

  • Coles Risks Adelaide Lives

    March 20

    Transport Workers Union Assistant Secretary Michael Kaine today said a planned supermarket expansion in suburban Adelaide posed an extremely high risk of crashes involving semi-trailers and suburban vehicles, which could cost lives.
    TWU MEDIA RELEASE, 20 March 2014

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  • Blenners Transport Finally Face Charges

    March 07

    North Queensland transport company Blennes Transport will finally face charges from the Department of Transport and Main Roads in Tully today.
    TWU QLD MEDIA RELEASE, 6 March 2014

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  • Drivers Pay Price for Safety Breach

    March 03

    While the media and the public celebrate the maintenance crackdown and economic pressure being directed at Cootes Transport, we should all spare a thought for the innocent truck drivers caught up in all of this.
    Big Rigs, 3 March 2014

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  • TWU Eyes Meeting with Cootes over Company Restructure

    February 24

    Union says many Cootes Transport drivers now face losing their livelihoods.
    ATN, 21 Feb 2014

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  • Cootes’ Woes to Cost $47.3M, as Drivers Face Uncertainty

    February 20

    McAleese prepares for financial pain as Cootes’ woes deliver hit to parent company’s bottom line.
    ATN, by Brad Gardner & Ruza Zivkusic-Aftasi, 19 Feb 2014

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