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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.

Latest Media Release

No more race to the bottom: Transport workers support Fair Pay Agreements

Media Release Rail & Maritime Transport Union

Monday 25th June 2019

Transport workers say they are optimistic about the potential for Fair Pay Agreements to improve New Zealanders’ working lives.

With the publication today of a Business & Economic Research Ltd paper analysing the economic impact of sector-wide bargaining arrangements, evidence is mounting that sector-wide bargaining will benefit a country like New Zealand.

“Fair Pay Agreements prevent greedy and unscrupulous employers from driving down wages in a race to the bottom,” says Wayne Butson, General Secretary of the Rail & Maritime Transport Union.

“Fair Pay Agreements prevent greedy and unscrupulous employers from driving down wages in a race to the bottom,” says Wayne Butson, General Secretary of the Rail & Maritime Transport Union.

“Perhaps more importantly, they establish a level playing field that can protect decent employers who do the right thing and pay a living wage.”

Members and officials of the RMTU have extensively discussed the proposed industrial reforms with employers, government and industry bodies over the past two years.

Alongside significant investment<https://embed.radionz.co.nz/news/budget-2019/390948/budget-kiwirail-funding-a-cause-for-celebration> in the country’s rail network and increased attention to workplace health and safety<https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/strategy-launched-keeping-kiwis-healthier-and-safer-work>, the introduction of Fair Pay Agreements is widely seen in the transport sector as evidence of the Labour-led government's commitment to an economy that works for all.

“A smart 21st century economy grows through innovation, technology and investment in a skilled workforce,” says Mr Butson.

“Only a profiteering minority, stuck in the past, remain addicted to paying poverty wages.”

Fair Pay Agreements will also help ensure workers make it home to their families by setting consistent safety standards across industries, and can include negotiated arrangements for entry-level training and professional development for existing staff.

With an ageing workforce<https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/100998151/new-zealands-ageing-workforce--the-elephant-in-the-room-for-many-companies> and an epidemic of migrant worker exploitation<https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/113639803/shameful-exploitation-of-vulnerable-migrant-workers> in the headlines, the RMTU welcomes all opportunities to get New Zealanders working in secure and well paid jobs.

“Fair Pay Agreements are a common sense proposal based on what is already standard practice across the developed world. From Brisbane to Belgium, sector-wide collective bargaining has supported good wages in strong economies,” says Mr Butson.

“Meanwhile in too much of New Zealand, we have a low wage economy. None of us like being second best to Aussies on the sports field or anywhere else, so why would we accept it in our pay cheques?”


For further information, please contact:

Wayne Butson
General Secretary
Rail & Maritime Transport Union
Mobile: 027 496 2461
Office: 04 473 6693

 Click here to download this media release




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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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