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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.

Campaigns -

Please sign the petition and volunteer, details below.

Click here or on the image above to go to the Health Needs Nurses Campaign Website

Click here or on the image to go to the Health Nurses Campaign Facebook page

Latest Media Releases

RMTU: Lyttelton Port locks out workers in petty and revealing move; Christchurch City Council must step in

Media Release Rail & Maritime Transport Union

Thursday, 12th March, 2018

Lyttelton Port Company has issued a lockout notice against its own workers rather than go back to the table and negotiate with them in a constructive and respectful way.

The letter from Port CEO Peter Davie, sent after workers voted overwhelmingly to take industrial action, states the lockout is being done “with a view to compelling employees to comply with LPC’s demand” that they accept lower pay rates than those already offered to port workers represented by the other union on site.

“This move by LPC shows very clearly that their priority is bullying RMTU members into submission, not getting the port working,” says John Kerr, organiser for the Rail and Maritime Transport Union.

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Further action at Lyttelton Port as company keeps stalling

Media Release Rail & Maritime Transport Union

Wednesday, 11th March, 2018

Crew tugs and pilot boats will be out of action from 26 to 29 April at Lyttleton Port, after port workers issued further strike notices following another week of no progress on settling their collective agreement.

“The company still will not budge on fair pay and safe rosters,” says John Kerr, South Island organiser for the Rail and Maritime Transport Union. “So our members have instructed us to apply further pressure.”

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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



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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