Wayne Butson was interviewed this morning on Radio New Zealand about his members working terms and conditions being threatened by Transdev/Hyundai Rotem, the contract managers at the Wellington Rail Network. The RMTU union boss described the quandary the workers are in and about the employers unwillingness to negotiate.
Here is the background.
For a number of months, management of the Wellington Train network (Transdev/Hyundai Rotem) have been trying to force RMTU members to accept cuts to their pay and conditions. To defend these workers, the RMTU have given a strike notice. The union is asking the employer’s representatives to withdraw the threats to employment conditions but the employers are not willing to do this. As a result there will be a 24 hour stoppage this Thursday.
Workers on the Wellington rail network do a great job, and it is outrageous that Transdev is trying to drive up its profit at the expense of working people and their families.
Here is what you can do to support the rail union members fighting to keep wages and conditions:
1- Share this post and like the Unions Wellington page to get updates.
2- If you commute- please send a message of support. The company will be trying to play off commuters against the union, so we want to collect as many messages of support as we can. Either leave them as a comment the RMTU’s FaceBook page, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
3- Make a donation to the strike fund. Losing a days pay will be a big hit for some workers, please help them cover their losses by donating. Any amount greatly appreciated.
You can donate via:
Account name:WELLINGTON AFFILIATES COUNCIL
Leave “Strike” as a reference
4 Email Transdev politely but directly asking them to honour the workers conditions and restart negotiations using the details from this page http://www.transdevwellington.co.nz/talk-to-us/contact-us/