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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.

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Transport unions call for review of ferry fuel decision

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


Saturday 28th August 2021


Two of New Zealand’s biggest transport unions have expressed their concerns about decisions made around the emissions footprint of new interisland ferries.

KiwiRail signed an agreement with a Korean shipyard in June to build two new Interisland ferries, expected to be delivered in 2025/2026.

However, media reports have shown the most environmentally friendly options were passed up.

The new ferries will have lower emissions than current vessels, as they will be powered by a hybrid of marine diesel and batteries, but questions have been asked as to why KiwiRail did not opt for methanol rather than marine diesel.

New and converted ships in Europe are already using methanol, which could reduce emissions even more.

Methanol is largely produced from natural gas, although renewable sources are becoming a potential source – the world’s largest shipping operator, Maersk, already operate a ship on green renewable methanol, and have ordered another eight.

Maritime Union National Secretary Craig Harrison says there is a strong case for improving emissions in shipping and New Zealand needed to be a world leader, not a follower.

“The key thing here is to build in security and reliability, on top of the necessary work to reduce emissions to meet the Government’s own targets.”

Mr Harrison noted methanol was produced in New Zealand, whereas marine diesel would have to be imported when Marsden Point refinery was taken offline.

Rail and Maritime Transport Union General Secretary Wayne Butson suggested the Government needed to review the decision.

“Part of the problem is how KiwiRail operates as a state-owned enterprise, so while the Government is pursuing good goals to reduce emissions, SOE’s are still beholden to an outmoded model that undermines those goals.”

Mr Butson suggested a crown entity model would be appropriate for major Government owned enterprises such as KiwiRail or in the electricity sector, to align with Government’s environmental and social goals.

For more information, contact:

Maritime Union of New Zealand National Secretary Craig Harrison on 0274 225238
Rail and Maritime Transport Union General Secretary Wayne Butson on 0274 962461


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Rail workers respond to new Auckland rail tender announcement

Rail and Maritime Transport Union media release


Friday 27th August 2021


Auckland Transport today announced the tender for the city’s rail services from 2022 has been awarded to a new operator.


The successful tenderer was Auckland One Rail (AOR), a joint venture comprising ComfortDelGro Transit Pte Ltd (CDGT) and UGL Rail Pty Ltd (UGL Rail).


The unsuccessful tenderer was Aka Tangata Ltd (ATL), a consortium comprising Transdev NZ Ltd, John Holland NZ Ltd and CAF NZ Ltd.


Rail and Maritime Transport Union General Secretary Wayne Butson says workers will be watching the approach of the new operators closely.


He says after some major industrial disputes, a good working relationship had been established with current operator Transdev and there was concern about the future.


“More uncertainty at a time when we already face disruption from maintenance issues and COVID is not a good situation.”


Mr Butson says the unity and strong collective will of rail workers in Auckland has meant retaining decent terms and conditions of employment, and this approach would continue regardless of the employer.


He says the collective employment agreements with Transdev and CAF will expire shortly and bargaining will soon commence for a new multi-employer agreement.


“It is of concern to our members that no effort has been made by the successful bidder to meet with the Union during the tender process.”


Mr Butson says the bottom line is that no employer would be boosting profits at the cost of wages and working conditions.




For more information contact Rail and Maritime Transport Union General Secretary Wayne Butson on 0274 962461


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