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Welcome to the Rail and Maritime Transport Union Online

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.

Recent Media Releases

Port union welcomes LPC guilty plea over worker’s death

Media Release Rail & Maritime Transport Union

Thursday 18 June, 2015

The Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU) is pleased Lyttelton Port Company (LPC) has pleaded guilty to charges laid by Worksafe over the death of port worker Brad Fletcher in August 2014.

Mr Fletcher, who was president of the local branch of the Maritime Union of New Zealand, worked as a maintenance fitter. He died on the job after the collapse of a scissor lift

“It’s good that LPC is taking responsibility for what happened,” says RMTU General Secretary Wayne Butson, “it means the family and friends of Brad aren’t being dragged through a distressing legal case.”

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RMTU takes KiwiRail to Court

Media Release Rail & Maritime Transport Union

Tuesday 2nd June , 2015

After a Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) investigation found that Chinese engineers working on KiwiRail’s imported locomotives at the Hutt Workshops were probably not covered under New Zealand employment law, the Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU) will now test that finding in the courts says RMTU General Secretary Wayne Butson.   


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Media Advisory

Click Here or on the image to go to the Greens Campaign - Don't Ditch Our Electric Trains

Green MP Julie Anne Genter and a 14m-long moving billboard rally to save our electric locomotives

What: Green MP Julie Anne Genter is leading a rally to draw attention to KiwiRail’s proposed downgrade from electric to diesel locomotives – a move that will risk jobs and increase pollution

When: Wednesday 22 April 2015 at 8:00am

Where: KiwiRail Auckland Office, Cnr Parnell Rise and Stanley Street

Who: Julie Anne Genter, Vice President of the Rail and Maritime Union Howard Phillips, representatives from Generation Zero and a 14m-long moving billboard of a an electric train


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International Workers Memorial Day 2015

"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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