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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.


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Latest Media Releases

 

Unions back mandatory vaccination for port workers

Rail and Maritime Transport Union/Maritime Union of New Zeand media release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday 13th July 2021

 

The two main unions representing New Zealand port workers are backing the Government move to make COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory for port workers.

 

RMTU General Secretary Wayne Butson says workers should follow the advice of public health authorities.

 

He says with ongoing global outbreaks of the new Delta variant of COVID-19, New Zealand has to use all available strategies to protect frontline workers and the community.

 

MUNZ National Secretary Craig Harrison says the need to protect port workers and the community is the main concern for unions.

 

He says it will be necessary to work through the issues for workers who for whatever reason choose not to get vaccinated, on a case by case basis.

 

He says up to now, health and safety protocols and the use of the PPE (personal protective equipment) by port workers have had a good outcome, but any extra precautions were welcome.

 

ENDS

 

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 and Maritime Transport Union backs injured workers at Port of Tauranga

Rail and Maritime Transport Union media release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday 1st July 2021

 

The Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU) is backing injured workers who have spoken out at Port of Tauranga.

 

Straddle drivers who have developed chronic injuries on the job have spoken to media anonymously after their concerns were side-lined by management.

 

The RMTU represents workers at Port of Tauranga and at C3, one of the stevedoring companies that operates in the Port of Tauranga.

 

Rail and Maritime Transport Union Central North Island Organiser Dasha Van Silfhout says there is no doubt there is a problem at the Port, and similar issues existed elsewhere.

 

"Straddle drivers work long shifts in sometimes difficult conditions, at night, or in poor weather."

 

Ms Van Silfhout says the physical and mental stress of the job came with a high cost for many workers.

 

She says the RMTU has approached C3 and the Port of Tauranga and are keen to see the issue resolved.

 

The Union is supporting calls for impact sensors on straddles which would measure the potential impact on straddle operators as well as machinery.

 

The RMTU view is that Port of Tauranga has a duty of care towards workers operating in the port, even if they are employed by contractors.

 

ENDS

 

For more information contact Rail and Maritime Transport Union Central North Island Organiser Dasha Van Silfhout on 027 220 3492

 

Click here to download this media release

 

Budget funding for rail a huge and positive contribution

Rail and Maritime Transport Union media release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday 21st May 2021

 

The union representing rail workers says a major boost to rail funding in the Budget is going to make a huge and positive contribution to modernizing the transport sector.

 

Rail and Maritime Transport Union General Secretary Wayne Butson says the Budget confirmed the Government’s strong, forward-focussed approach to rail as part of an integrated transport system.

 

Mr Butson says rail has suffered from under investment for decades, but a commitment of $1.3 billion in Budget 2021 was a game changer, and would build on investments over the previous two years.

 

The purchase of new locomotives and rolling stock for KiwiRail, together with investment in the reliability and safety of our rail network, would help secure an effective supply chain. 

 

Mr Butson says the funding is a vote of confidence in regional New Zealand, including the building of a new facility to assemble wagons in Hillside, Dunedin.

 

“This investment approach means the development of long term capability and skills in New Zealand regions, which will contribute to our economic recovery from COVID-19.”

 

ENDS

 

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

 

Click here to download this media release

 

 

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