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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 -

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

Latest Media Releases

Rail Union to Demonstrate for Safe Trains in Auckland

Media Advisory Rail & Maritime Transport Union

Tuesday 26th September, 2017

The Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU), representing workers who operate Auckland’s commuter trains, is organising a demonstration at Britomart tomorrow in support of keeping permanent on-board Train Managers on passenger trains operated on behalf of Auckland Transport by French owned multi-national Transdev.

The demonstration will begin at 11.30 a.m. and will feature speakers from Auckland City Council, and disability and women’s groups.

Members of the public who support keeping a permanent on-board train manager on Auckland trains are warmly invited to participate.


For more information contact:

John Kerr RMTU Organiser 027 246 4941


Union Welcomes Investigation into Graffiti Attack on Train

Media Release Rail & Maritime Transport Union

Wednesday 20th September, 2017

The Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU) welcomes yesterday’s announcement by the Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TIAC) of the opening of an enquiry into the attack on an Auckland passenger train by a graffiti gang at the weekend.

‘’The RMTU represents drivers and on-board crews that staff Auckland passenger trains and we are very concerned at what happened to this train last weekend,” said RMTU General Secretary Wayne Butson.

Click here for full media release

Rail union slams Auckland rail operator's “Profit before people” attitude

Media Release Rail & Maritime Transport Union

Wednesday 16th August, 2017

The union representing Auckland train crews is slamming the company running Auckland commuter trains, the French-owned Transdev, for excluding workers from a critical safety audit on the basis its health and safety system is “commercially sensitive.”


“Transdev wrote to us yesterday saying that worker representatives would be stopped from fully participating in an safety audit being done by the regulator, the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA), as the company’s health and safety management system has so-called commercially sensitive information that only certain staff can have access to,” said Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU) General Secretary Wayne Butson.

Click here for full media release

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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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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