The Transport Workers' Union represents 6,000 workers in South Australia and the Northern Territory and more than 90,000 nationally. With your help, we can stand together and fight for safe rates and safe conditions for ourselves, our families and our community. Lives depend on these standards.


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24 Aug 2010


ROAD As a Board Member of the MotorAccident Commission the harsh realityof road deaths in South Australia issomething I am reminded of everyday.It is also something that effects theTransport Workers Union and we havelost members as a result of tragicaccidents on the roads.
It is for this reason that I think it isgood to get back to basics and remindourselves to stay safe on the road.We can often get distracted by loomingdeadlines, work issues, traffic delaysor even things that are happening athome and forget to take care of thebasics behind the wheel.Already in 2010 we have had 4 deathson the road involving heavy vehicles.In 2009 15 people died in heavyvehicles on South Australian roads.
We need to take note of these statisticsand remind ourselves to stay safe onthe road.The Motor Accident Commission isalways running campaigns to increasedriver awareness on the road.One of their current campaigns thatrepresents the transport industry isfatigue.The introduction of the new heavyvehicle driver fatigue laws during 2009put this issue at the forefront of thetransport industry.I just want to take the time to get backto basics and remind ourselves of theimportance of staying awake and alerton the road.
Driving Related:
Occurs when a person becomestired or fatigued after driving for twohours without a break. For example,when taking a long drive to a holidaydestination.
Driving Whilst Fatigued:
Occurs when a person drives afterbeing awake for 17+ hours. For example,shift workers or people with busy,stressful lives.
Fatigue can develop as a result of any ofthe following:
• Working long hours
• Getting poor sleep
• Driving for too long and not takingbreaks
• Getting less than normal sleep
• Insufficiently resting prior to driving
• Driving home late at night
• Driving when you would normally besleeping
• Driving whilst tired
• Driving some time after drinking alcohol
Fatigue related crashes are often onopen roads at high speeds and occurduring the hours of 1pm-3pm and 2am-6am, with a higher incidence on Friday,Saturday and Sunday.
You knowthat you are becoming fatigued if you have acombinationof any of thefollowing:
• Continualyawning
• Difficulty keeping head up and eyesopen
• Eyes feel sore and heavy
• Vision starts to blur
• Seeing things
• Difficulty holding a conversation
• Daydreaming
• Impatience and making rash decisions
• Reactions seem slow
• Feeling stiff or cramped
• Wandering over the centre line, intoanother lane or on to the road edge
• Hearing droning or humming in yourears
• Not noticing a vehicle until it suddenlyovertakes
• Not remembering driving the last fewkilometres
When you notice any of these warningsigns, take a break .
Rest every twohours.
*Driving while fatigued is a problem foreveryone on the road. Do your part andstay safe.
24 Aug 2010


The Transport Workers Union has taken the campaign for Safe Ratesright to the steps of Parliament House in Canberra.A convoy of trucks converged on the nation’s capital a TWUdelegation including Acting SA/NT Branch Secretary Ray Wyatt metwith politicians from across the country.Julia Gillard, Deputy Prime Minister at the time, also took the time tomeet with the TWU delegation and listen to their concerns.
24 Aug 2010


The TWU has maintained its schedule of yard visitation thanksto the iPhone application being used by the RecruitmentTeam.The TWU iPhone application allocates yard visits ona regular basis to all members of the TWU team.It also then keeps track of visits and programs inthe next visit to ensure that we see our memberson a regular basis.
The introduction of the iPhone application haschanged the day to day operation of the TWUand the result is benefiting our members.Less time is being spent planning and moretime is spent doing what is important, visitingour members and representing them in theworkplace.So if you need help with any workplace matters or just want tohave a chat, look out for your TWU official, they will be sure tovisit soon!


  • Employers and the Government have never just handed out better conditions.Benefits like weekends, overtime, sick leave, holidays, pensions, RDOs, redundancy and ending child labour have all been fought for and won by union members.

  • Union workplaces are safer because people aren't afraid to speak up on safety issues. International studies show that union workplaces have an injury rate 24% lower than non-union workplaces.

  • Being a union member means you can rest easy without fears you will lose your job. If you are unfairly dismissed, our legal team will back you every step of the way.

  • Transport is the most dangerous industry in Australia. Union members have access to in-house training, allowing members to build safer and stronger workplaces.

  • Your concerns are never swept under the carpet on TWU sites. The union is your voice at work.

  • The union has an experienced in-house legal team together with access to leading law firm Andersons (Halfpennys in NT) to represent you in unfair dismissals, underpayments and WorkCover claims and more.

  • Union workplace agreements mean employer superannuation contributions well above the 9.5% Government rate - which could mean hundreds of thousands of dollars!

  • The TWU is a strong, active union, campaigning on local and national issues that matter to you: superannuation, Medicare, workplace safety, pay and many, many more.