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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.

Latest Media Release

Industrial Dispute Settled at Port Otago: Overtime Ban Lifted

Media Release Rail & Maritime Transport Union and Maritime Union of New Zealand

Thursday 10th October, 2019

The Rail and Maritime Transport Union and the Maritime Union of New Zealand have settled their two month long running dispute with Port Otago.


‘Members of the Combined Unions have voted overwhelmingly this afternoon to settle on the basis of an offer from Port Otago that meets our concerns around fatigue management and delivers a 9.27% compounded pay increase with backdating over three years,’ said Combined Union’s spokesperson John Kerr.


‘There has been an overtime ban in place at Port Otago for over two months and that has been lifted forthwith. From here we will move to vote on  ratification of  the new collective agreement as soon as is practicable. We are looking forward to working with port management on ensuring a safe and productive workplace from hereon,’ he said.




For more information contact:


John Kerr RMTU South Island Organiser 027 246 4941

Click here to download this media release


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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


  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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