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The RMTU is a union for transport workers in which all members have equal rights, whatever their job.

With rapid change, and increasing competition in the transport industry it is important that workers are protected by a strong, well-resourced union, specialising in all aspects of the transport industry; rail, road and ports.

The structure of the RMTU gives you the opportunity to be fully involved in a democratic union as collective decisions are made which may affect your job and conditions of employment.

You have the opportunity to elect your workplace union representative (delegate), as well as branch and national union representatives. You have a voice at all levels of the RMTU.

Union Office Closure - Christmas 2014 - New Year 2015

The Union’s National and regional offices will close at 1700hrs on 19 December 2014. The National Wellington Office reopens on 12 January 2015 @ 0830hrs.

The Emergency “on call” roster for Union Industrial matters during the closedown period is;

  • Wayne Butson 20 – 25 December 2014 inclusive on 0274962461
  • Todd Valster 26 to 30 December 2014 inclusive 0274454691
  • Phil Spanswick 31 December to 5 January 2015 inclusive 027 2188126
  • John Kerr 6 - 9 January 2015 inclusive 0272464941
  • Stu Johnstone 9 January to 12 January 2015 inclusive 0272464961

Latest Media Release

Mediation between Lyttelton Port and Union fails

Media Release Rail & Maritime Transport Union

Thursday December 18th, 2014

The Rail and Maritime Union (RMTU) has opted to continue its overtime ban indefinitely after mediation with the Lyttelton Port of Christchurch (LPC) failed to progress collective bargaining.

“There was no substantial shift in LPC’s position today so the overtime ban continues”, said RMTU South Island Organiser John Kerr.

“Management seemed more pre-occupied with the impact of the ban rather than seeking ways to resolve the issues that led to it,” said John Kerr.

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Lyttelton Port Workers begin overtime ban

Media Release Rail & Maritime Transport Union

Wednesday December 17th, 2014

Workers of Christchurch Rail and Lyttelton Port have begun an indefinite ban on overtime, according to the Rail and Maritime Transport Union.


The ban was announced at a mass meeting at the Port today after negotiations between Lyttelton Port of Christchurch (LPC) and the union failed to make headway.


“Our members have already voted for multiple full stoppages at the port, however we see industrial action as a last resort so we’ve limited ourselves to the overtime ban at this stage”, said RMTU South Island Organiser John Kerr.

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Britomart violence raises questions over rail staff safety

Media Release Rail & Maritime Transport Union

Monday December 15th, 2014

The Rail and Maritime Transport Union is raising serious questions over the safety of the staff on Auckland’s train network after violent incidents on Saturday night stopped services at Britomart Station and frightened staff and passengers at other stations.

The violence followed the annual ‘Christmas in the Park’ event. At around 10pm dozens of brawling youths brought Auckland’s Britomart station to a standstill, throwing rocks and other objects at each other and clambering across turnstiles as security guards and Maori wardens struggled to get control of the situation. Even police were shocked at the intensity of the situation, and passengers were left stunned.

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ITF 43rd Congress

Click Here or on the image above to go to the Itf Congress 2014 website

"Your Life for the Job"

A song written and performed by Ben Thompson

at the 2013 WMD Event at Hutt Workshops -

Click here to hear "Your Life for the Job" mp3

Click here to watch "Your Life for the Job"


The Daily Blog

Click Here or on the logo to go to the Daily Blog



Click here for details of our new RMTU tee shirts for sale, includes order information


  Listen to the Your Life for the Job song (mp3 5mb) -

written and performed by Ben Thompson - click here

Order A copy of "Your life for the job" book - click here to email

Click here for more information on this Wellington Event

Click here for the Union Plus site

Click here for the Fairness@Work site


The New Zealand Locomotive Engineer's
Sickness, Accident and Death Benefit Fund:

A new advertisement for the LE SAD Fund that can be downloaded, printed and posted on noticeboards for LE's Click here to download the poster and Download application form



Save Our Rail : Northland

Kia ora to everyone in the Rail and Maritime Transport Union

Just to let you know, Save Our Rail Northland's new web-site is: http://www.saveourrailnorthland.org.nz
We'll be adding to the site as things develop, so keep checking in to see where we're at.

Alan Preston
Tel (09)4315389


Save the Gisborne Napier Rail Line


Workers for Kiwi Made

Books & DVD's of Interest


A commemoration of the 1908 miners’ strike on DVD

Review by Dean Parker - click here

To purchase a copy - click here


Samuel Duncan Parnell - A Legacy

The 8 Hour Day, Labour Day and Time Off

For more information including Foreward by Helen Kelly - click here



Click here for more on this campaign

Greens Campaign -



Click here for full details


International Solidarity

ITF Piracy petiton

The ITF have begun a global petition calling on governments worldwide to take concrete action to end piracy.

Almost every day seafarers are kidnapped and risk injury and death.
Every day seafarers’ families suffer worry and uncertainty.
And there is a growing risk of disruption to world trade.

The ITF want to persuade governments to commit the resources needed to end piracy, to this end the ITF aim to deliver at least half a million signatures by World Maritime Day on 23rd of September.

Download ITF Piracy Petition letter

Download ITF Piracy Petition


ITF- Affiliated to the International Transport Workers Federation which comprises 653 unions representing 4,500,000 transport workers in 148 countries
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