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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.

Campaign - 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

Latest Media Releases

Rail Workers call out Transport Minister's hypocrisy over electric vehicles

Media Release Rail & Maritime Transport Union

Wednesday 11th January, 2017

The union representing working people in New Zealand’s railways says Transport Minister Simon Bridges is acting like a hypocrite for touting the benefits of electric cars while allowing KiwiRail to ditch electric locomotives.

“There’s some incredible irony in this. While Bridges is ditching his diesel vehicle for an electric one, he’s overseeing KiwiRail’s move from electric locomotives to diesel ones,” said Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU) General Secretary Wayne Butson.

Click here for full media release

Train Drivers Condemn KiwiRails Return to "Dirty Diesels"

Media Release Rail & Maritime Transport Union

Wednesday 21st December 2016

The union representing the country’s rail workers is condemning KiwiRail’s decision to replace the current electric locomotive fleet on the North Island Main Trunk Line with an overseas-made diesel locomotive fleet.

“KiwiRail shouldn’t cut corners. No one wants to return to outdated diesel locomotives,” said Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU) General Secretary Wayne Butson.

Click here for full media release

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radio advertisements for a Public Meeting Click here

Airport Rail Meeting 30th August

Recently Auckland Transport announced their preferred rapid transit mode to Auckland Airport is light rail. AT have ruled out heavy rail as an option and say they will now focus on protecting the route for light rail only.

The Campaign for Better Transport has been campaigning for more than a decade to get a rail connection to the airport. Does AT’s light rail proposal stack up, or has the evidence been stacked against heavy rail from the outset? When will a rail connection finally be built? Would a light rail solution perform as well as a heavy rail solution? How will the $1.8bn East West Connection project impact on getting rail across the Manukau Harbour?

To try and answer these questions, the we are hosting a public meeting in Onehunga:

Haskell Room, Pearce Street Hall, Onehunga
Tuesday 30th August, 7:15pm for a 7:30 start (Onehunga train departs Britomart 6:49pm)

Speakers include:

  • Auckland City Councillor and AT Director Mike Lee, a long time advocate for rail in Auckland
  • Graham Matthews, General Manager Airport Development & Delivery at Auckland Airport
  • Jim Jackson, The Onehunga Enhancement Society
  • Graeme Easte from CBT
  • Stu Johnson from the RMTU

We are also hoping that an AT representative can also attend.

This is a free event – donations or CBT membership gratefully received to cover costs.


Click on the image above or here to sign the petition

Full information on this event can be found here

The film trailer that has been commissioned and sponsored by the Light House Cinema and KiwiRail can  be found here (youtube), here (vimeo) or here (dropbox)

RMTU / KIWIRAIL Health & Safety -

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

Ernest William File Scholarship

For the sons and daughters of members of the Rail and Maritime Transport Union in their first year of an undergraduate degree at a New Zealand university.

Click here for more details

Applications close 5pm 29th February 2016

Click here to apply online


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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