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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.

Latest Media Releases

Auckland rail workers consider further action as Transdev and Auckland Transport ignore safety concerns

Media Release Rail & Maritime Transport Union

Sunday 28th January , 2018

Auckland rail workers are again voting on taking industrial action as their employer insists on cutting staff on commuter trains, despite serious health and safety concerns.

“Transdev and Auckland Transport aren’t budging on driver-only operation, which will severely compromise passenger and public safety,” says John Kerr, Rail and Maritime Transport Union organiser.

Click here for full media release

Government bringing fairness back to industrial relations

Media Release Rail & Maritime Transport Union

Thursday 25th January , 2018

Changes to employment law announced by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern today are a significant rollback of the previous government’s unfair and unbalanced attacks on workers’ rights, says the Rail and Maritime Transport Union.
“We’re delighted to see the government taking action so early in the year to rectify the damage done to workers and good employers by the National government,” says Wayne Butson, general secretary of the RMTU.

Click here for full media release

Port Workers’ Union Condemns Boss’s “Excessive” Pay

Media Release Rail & Maritime Transport Union

Monday 11th December, 2017

The Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU) says Lyttelton Port CEO Peter Davie’s $955,000 pay packet cannot be justified and is symptomatic of a broken wage-setting system in New Zealand.

‘We’re in the middle of  negotiations for a port wide collective agreement that covers cargo handlers, marine, maintenance and security staff and this news is slap in the face for those workers,’ said RMTU South Island Organiser John Kerr.

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Campaigns -

All Aboard - Stay Safe - insist on a Train Manager

For more information on this campaign - click here


For more information on this campaign - click here

Save Our Electric Trains

The Greens are running an online petition -

"We request that the House of Representatives review KiwiRail's decision to replace its electric freight trains with diesel locomotives"

Click here to go to the petition




Click on the image above or here to sign the petition

RMTU / KIWIRAIL Health & Safety -

Click here to go to the RMTU / KIWIRAIL H&S page


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 the Union Plus 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



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





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