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Hot air in Paris

By   /  December 17, 2015  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Wayne Butson  /  5 Comments

KiwiRail is currently considering downgrading its fleet on the North Island Main Trunk Line from an electric fleet to a diesel-powered one. While the rest of the world is transitioning to clean energy, KiwiRail is considering a downgrade.

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​Media release: Rail and Maritime Transport Union – Auckland move for KiwiRail health and safety team questioned

By   /  October 16, 2014  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs, Wayne Butson  /  Comments Off on ​Media release: Rail and Maritime Transport Union – Auckland move for KiwiRail health and safety team questioned

The Rail and Maritime Transport Union is questioning a KiwiRail proposal to progressively relocate its Zero Harm personnel from Wellington to Auckland.

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RMTU: Greater use of grade separation on rail crossings needed

By   /  May 10, 2013  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Wayne Butson  /  1 Comment

RMTU: Greater use of grade separation on rail crossings needed

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Taskforce must serve as blueprint for health and safety

By   /  April 30, 2013  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Wayne Butson  /  1 Comment

“Members of our union work in a dangerous industry. They want to know that their workmates are free to return home safe and well at the end of their day.”

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RMTU: Employment law changes tilting the balance strongly toward employers

By   /  April 27, 2013  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Wayne Butson  /  Comments Off on RMTU: Employment law changes tilting the balance strongly toward employers

“Minister of Labour Simon Bridges is being a bit cute with his language over this. To say workers are ‘forced’ into these conditions for the first 30 days is disingenuous.”

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RMTU: Nationwide events for Workers Memorial Day on Sunday

By   /  April 26, 2013  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Wayne Butson  /  Comments Off on RMTU: Nationwide events for Workers Memorial Day on Sunday

Rail and port workers hold events to mark Workers Memorial Day every year, and this year the memorial service at KiwiRail’s Lower Hutt workshops will also feature the launch of a new book by Hazel Armstrong: Your life for the job: New Zealand rail safety 1974 – 2000

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When will Government start putting NZ economy first?

By   /  April 5, 2013  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Wayne Butson  /  15 Comments

It seems Hobbits and aluminium are in, but rail engineering is definitely out.

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KiwiRail TranzCoastal Suspension ‘Misguided and Shortsighted’ Says Rail Union

By   /  April 2, 2013  /  Setting The Agenda, Wayne Butson  /  6 Comments

Today’s announcement that KiwiRail will suspend its Christchurch-Picton passenger service, the TranzCoastal, over the winter months is both shortsighted and misguided, says the Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU).

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Procurement policy not just about a fair shake of the stick

By   /  March 8, 2013  /  Setting The Agenda, Wayne Butson  /  1 Comment

Press Release From RMTU

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When workers never come home – why safety standards are no joke

By   /  March 8, 2013  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Wayne Butson  /  Comments Off on When workers never come home – why safety standards are no joke

” It is outrageous that in the year 2000 the rail industry was the subject of a Ministerial Inquiry into health and safety with five deaths within seven months and 22 serious accidents between the years 1993 and 2000. There is no question that during those dark days the law, the regulator and the employer failed rail workers and their families.”

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The reality of working life

By   /  February 28, 2013  /  Setting The Agenda, Wayne Butson  /  6 Comments

“I don’t know about you, but I haven’t seen a lot of accountability. The rogues who played fast and loose with credit and other dodgy instruments haven’t paid, there’s been no curtailment in fat bonus cheques  – despite poor financial results.”

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About Wayne Butson

By   /  February 22, 2013  /  Wayne Butson  /  Comments Off on About Wayne Butson

Wayne Butson is the general secretary of the Rail and Maritime Transport Union – a position he has held since 1999. As General Secretary of the largest specialist transport union in New Zealand he is a frequent contributor to news and current affairs programmes and is often consulted by MPs from the left (and less […]

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