NEWS & MEDIA

Criminal truckies should be off road, say family of victim Rian Payget-Strathdee

11 Sep 2017

The family of a six-year-old killed after being shunted off the road by a truck, have called for truckies with a history of road offences to be taken off the road.
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On the road to the next trucking tragedy

11 Sep 2017

Mona Vale brought the trucking industry to a crossroads. Four years – and many deaths – later, the pressures that caused the carnage remain. Read More »

Low-cost freight a death trap

1 Sep 2017

Wealthy retailers hold much of the power in transport, since they are responsible for a sizeable proportion of freight movement and they dictate the terms and conditions of contracts to move their goods. Low-cost contracts by retailers are a deadly kick-start in the supply chain which sees truck maintenance postponed and drivers under financial pressure to speed, drive long hours and skip mandatory rest breaks. Read More »

Aldi tries to gag truck drivers’ union after claims of unsafe practices

30 Aug 2017

Transport Workers Union says supermarket chain pressuring drivers to meet schedules that are not safe. Read More »

Tip truck overhaul promised by Daniel Andrews after spate of accidents

14 Aug 2017

TIP-truck drivers could see a pay-by-the-load system replaced with hourly rates on government projects amid rising accidents. Transport Workers Union delegates were told the Andrews Government would overhaul the current pay system on major projects such as the level-crossing removal project and Tulla widening. Read More »

Garden Grove Fires Second Truck Driver Over Dangerous Driving

13 Jul 2017

Outdoor supply company Garden Grove has dismissed a second truckie after his unsafe driving was exposed on social media — just weeks after another driver was sacked in strikingly similar circumstances.
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The Industry’s Dark Side

12 Jul 2017

Long-haul truck drivers are known to enjoy the freedom of the highway, but behind the scenes the industry is breeding a culture of danger and discontent. Read More »

Lethal Weapons: 326 Heavy Vehicle Licences Issued Without Proper Assessment – TWU Says It’s Fortunate No One Has Been Killed

6 Jul 2017

“It should be an even greater concern to every road user that there are people driving vehicles that weigh over 100 tonnes that haven’t been trained or assessed properly.” Read More »

TWU OPINION: Casualisation Hurts on Job Training

6 Jul 2017

There is a vacuum in the training of drivers across the whole of our industry. Casual drivers for example are not exposed to the skills and professionalism of other drivers on the job every day, so cannot learn “on the job”. Read More »

Alone on the Open Road: Truckers Feel Like ‘Throwaway People’

24 May 2017

President Trump ignited a national discussion of blue-collar jobs. Truck driving, once a road to the middle class, is now low-paying, grinding, unhealthy work. We talked with drivers about why they do it.
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