Evidence is in: drivers’ pay & conditions direct link to road safety

6 Aug 2013

In an industry considered to be one of the most dangerous in Australia, the recurring links being found between rates of pay safety cannot be ignored.

See below commissions, coroners reports and inquiries delivered over 20 years that time and again explicitly link rates of pay to safety. Read More »

TWU 2012 Truckies Christmas Carols at Coles

6 Aug 2013

TWU Truckies and Supporters gathered outside a Coles Express store in the heart of the Sydney CBD to sing ‘Truckies Christmas Carols’ and highlight the lethal pressures on Australian Truck Drivers. Read More »

Union demands pay for truckies be lifted further

5 Aug 2013

The Transport Workers’ Union has demanded an overhaul of a draft remuneration order for the nation’s truckies, insisting a federal government tribunal further increase pay rates and impose a training levy on major clients who use road transport.

The demands are contained in a submission by the union to the first draft order of Labor’s Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal, set up last year by Workplace Relations Minister Bill Shorten after lobbying by the TWU. Read More »

TWU pushes floor price and training levy

5 Aug 2013

The Transport Workers Union (TWU) is clinging to its push for greater obligations to be imposed on the supply chain and for a floor price on rates to be set for owner-drivers.

The union’s written response to the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal’s (RSRT) draft order stipulating terms and conditions throughout the transport industry claims not enough is being proposed to hold the supply chain accountable. Read More »

Highway office leaves 300 dead a year

4 Aug 2013

Truck driving is one of the most dangerous jobs in the country. Transport Workers Union South Coast and Southern Sub-branch senior official Lee Lawler said more than 300 people in the transport industry died on Australia’s roads each year.

“If it was to happen in any other industry there would be absolute outrage,” Mr Lawler said. Read More »

TWU Coming for You Protest taking aim at Coles

2 Aug 2013

The Transport Workers’ Union protested at Coles in Redcliffe recently, making sure shoppers knew that the supermarket giant was not committed to safety.

They charged that unsafe wages were outrageous, showed pictures of smashed trucks and held placards saying safety was being pushed down the chain.

The TWU says it is coming for anyone in the chain that pays unsafe wages. Read More »

Truckies fear head-on crash with Coles and Woolies

28 Jul 2013

Truck drivers are accusing Coles and Woolworths supermarkets of compromising road safety by forcing them to meet ”ridiculous” deadlines.

In a submission to be handed in next week to the newly formed Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal, truck drivers will allege they have been forced to work up to 18 hours a day. Read More »

Truckies Rally at Redcliff Coles in QLD for ‘Driving for Road Safety’

19 Jul 2013

As part of the ‘driving for road safety’ campaign, TWU truckies and supporters rallied at Redcliffe Coles demanding better pay and working conditions and highlighting the lethal pressures from big retailers like Coles in the trucking industry. Read More »

Deadly Life of a Truckie – Tony Sheldon OP-ED

19 Jul 2013
Deadly Life of a Truckie

Truckies deserve fair wages and conditions and the ability to be able to come home to their family safely at night, writes Tony Sheldon, TWU National Secretary.

Truckies are the men and women who keep the food on the shelves, the fuel in the pumps and transport the goods from their factories. But the life of a truck driver is tough. Read More »

D’Ath blasts Coalition during TWU protest against Coles

18 Jul 2013

A federal Labor MP has blasted the Coalition over its desire to review the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal (RSRT), amid another Transport Workers Union (TWU) protest against Coles. Read More »

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