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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 Releases

Lyttelton Port Workers' Protests against arrival of Blood Phosphate Ship

Media Release Rail & Maritime Transport Union

Monday 9th December, 2019

The Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU), representing port workers at Lyttelton port, has today handed a letter of protest to the captain of a ship carrying Blood Phosphate mined in the Western Sahara that arrived at the port just before midnight last night.
‘The ship chartered by Ravensdown, the Federal Crimson, carrying a cargo of blood phosphate mined in Western Sahara and being imported into New Zealand, berthed in Lyttelton just before midnight last night , ’ said RMTU General Secretary Wayne Butson.

 

 

 

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Port Workers' Protests against arrival of Blood Phosphate Ship

Media Release Rail & Maritime Transport Union

Sunday 1st December, 2019

The Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU), representing port workers at Napier port, has today handed a letter of protest  to the captain of a ship carrying Blood Phosphate mined in the Western Sahara that arrived at the port this morning.

‘The ship chartered by Ravensdown, the Federal Crimson, carrying a cargo of blood phosphate mined in Western Sahara and being imported into New Zealand, berthed in Napier today, ’ said RMTU General Secretary Wayne Butson.

 

 

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Blood Phosphate Importers Ravensdown Appear to Prefer Confrontation to Dialogue Alleges Port Union

Media Release Rail & Maritime Transport Union

Thursday 21st November, 2019

Agrochemical company Ravensdown is risking potentially disruptive direct action by refusing to allow port workers to register their protest at the importing of Blood Phosphate from the Western Sahara, says the Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU).

‘Our understanding is that a ship chartered by Ravensdown, the Federal Crimson, carrying a cargo of blood phosphate mined in Western Sahara and being imported into New Zealand, was due to arrive in Lyttelton at the end of this week. Our sources tell us the ship is bound for Napier and then Lyttelton, ’ said RMTU South Island Organiser John Kerr.

 

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New Zealand Workers need to use the toilet

Media Release Rail & Maritime Transport Union

Tuesday 19th November, 2019

Women say they are taking medication to dehydrate themselves because they cannot access a toilet at work.

Today is World Toilet Day, and members of the Rail & Maritime Transport Union say they have been holding on far too long in their wait for safe and secure bathroom access.  

“We should all be able to take for granted our right to go to the toilet when we need to,” says Wayne Butson, National Secretary of the RMTU.

 

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Click here to download the ITF Sanitation Charter

 

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SUPPORT AUCKLAND TRAINS

 

 

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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

 


Campaigns

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.
Thanks.

Alan Preston
Tel (09)4315389

Also

Save the Gisborne Napier Rail Line

 

 

Books & DVD's of Interest

BLACKBALL 2008

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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