The United Road Transport Union (URTU) is a specialist road haulage, distribution and logistics trade union in the UK dedicated to serving the interests of workers in road haulage, distribution and logistics. We are an active union constantly campaigning, negotiating and lobbying to seek to ensure that members are properly rewarded for the skilled work they do.
If you work as a driver (HGV / LGV / lorry / van / forklift truck driver) or warehouse operative, the URTU is the union for you. Let us be there to represent you and stand up for your rights.
The union was first registered in 1890 as the United Carters Association. Over the years the organisation has undergone several name changes before taking its present day title in 1964.
It is a totally independent union and is not affiliated to any political party. URTU is affiliated to a number of trade union umbrella organisations and trade bodies throughout the world. Our influence is particularly strong in member countries of the European Union where we are represented on all the important labour movement committees and within political and government institutions.
Our firm foundations, based on a dedicated and experienced team of staff, will serve the industry well throughout the 21st century
Ten reasons to Join the Union
URTU is the UK’s only specialist road haulage, distribution and logistics union.
You will be part of an organisation that negotiates improvements to your terms and conditions
Direct access to a URTU Regional Officer to offer support, advice and assist with discipline & grievance cases
Injury compensation cover if you have an accident or contract an industrial disease at work or an injury that results in absence from work. Win or lose, there will be no charge to you. If the claim should fail, the Union will indemnify you against any claim for costs made by the defendants or their insurers.
Access to free legal advice.
Protection and support should you ever face bullying, harassment or unfair treatment in the workplace.
Support to make your workplace a safer environment through your local URTU Health & Safety Representative.
Free training courses to keep your skills up to date and improve your knowledge.
Have a say in developing our URTU’s direction and policies
Be part of a union that actively promotes equality and tackles all forms of discrimination
History of our union
Here is a time line showing the important dates of our unions history from it founding in 1860 to present day.