September 16, 2022

Minister for Workplace Relations Commits to enforceable standards in transport

Transport is the deadliest industry in Australia, and workers around the country have been calling through convoys and actions, for reform in the transport industry to fix the crisis.

At the recent Federal Government Job Summit, thanks to relentless workers’ action and unity, Employment Minister Tony Burke announced his intention to empower the Fair Work Commission Job Summit to set enforceable standards for all transport workers, to enable a safer, more sustainable, and viable industry.

The commitment came after the unanimous call for reform from a transport roundtable, involving the TWU, Woolworths, Coles, Uber, DoorDash, Toll, Global Express, Linfox, ACFS, FBT Transwest, Australian Road Transport Industrial Organisation, National Road Freighters Association, state and territory industry associations, academic experts and other transport stakeholders.

This is a proud moment for TWU members who have campaigned consistently for years to create a system that can support transport businesses and workers to thrive. Just last month, hundreds of employee and owner truck drivers, couriers, rideshare and food delivery workers joined nationwide convoys alongside industry groups and employers in support of reform. It is thanks to their determination and unity that we are on a path towards safer roads and a more prosperous industry for all, said TWU National Secretary Michael Kaine.

There is still a way to go to get this life-saving reform through Parliament. We need all industry participants to stand shoulder to shoulder and give the Federal Government the best opportunity to get this done.


Watch driver Glenn Daniel take on why is so important to achieve Safe Rates for all transport workers:




Watch Minister Burke’s speech at parliament:

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