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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

Transdev's Fake News is no Solution to metlink driver shortage

Media Release Rail & Maritime Transport Union

Monday 25th February 2019

Wellington train drivers say they are quitting their jobs due to low morale and company mismanagement.

Their union says employer Transdev is spreading fake news about drivers leaving for higher wages at KiwiRail, where pay is the same or very similar for most workers and service progression scales are the same.

Since management of the Metlink rail network was handed over to French multinational Transdev in July 2016, staff say things have gone from bad to worse.

“At times we’ve been almost overwhelmed with complaints,” says Wayne Butson, General Secretary of the Rail and Maritime Transport Union.

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Transdev union busting risks provoking Auckland railway strike

Media Release Rail & Maritime Transport Union

Wednesday13th February 2019

Auckland train staff accuse their employer, Transdev, of devoting more energy to union busting than reaching a mutually acceptable agreement.


Hundreds of Rail and Maritime Transport Union members are currently voting whether to consider strike action, and the union warns company belligerence has increased the likelihood of Auckland trains grinding to a halt in the near future.


“Transdev say one thing at the bargaining table then do another, and it’s put negotiations on a fast track to nowhere,” says RMTU organiser Rudd Hughes.


The foreign multi-national company, hired by Auckland Transport with ratepayer money, has offered a minority of employees on individual agreements an increased number of sick days per year, despite refusing to offer the same to union members.

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Auckland Rail Workers ballot to Strike For Fair Pay

Media Release Rail & Maritime Transport Union

Thursday 7th February 2019 (embargoed unitl 7am)

Frustrated Auckland railway workers say stalled pay negotiations have reached the end of the line, and are set to vote on strike action today.

Members of the Rail & Maritime Transport Union are in bargaining with French multi-national Transdev, contracted by Auckland Transport to run the city’s passenger train service.“Transdev and Auckland Transport refuse to consider our point of view, it’s like they have tunnel vision,” says RMTU organiser Rudd Hughes.

“We live in one of the most expensive cities in the world and work hard to provide an essential public service, so a fair pay increase isn’t too much to ask.”

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RMTU / KIWIRAIL Health & Safety -

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


  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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