Fight to Save KiwiRail Jobs Goes Countrywide: BOP Workers Vote to Picket Arrival of Foreign Built Wagons
The conflict to save KiwiRail
workers’ jobs during Dunedin’s Hillside workshops has spread
across a country.
Rail and Maritime Transport Union
members in Tauranga reason a mass stop work assembly yesterday
and unanimously voted to take approach movement to stop the
arrival and commissioning of a initial collection of overseas
built wagons, that are due to arrive imminently.
members are job on KiwiRail and a Government to
abandon their skeleton to cut jobs during Hillside and Hutt
workshops. There are 40 jobs underneath hazard in Dunedin and
another 30 are being targeted in a Hutt. This is a direct
consequence of KiwiRail’s preference to buy rolling stock
made overseas,” pronounced RMTU National President Aubrey
Wilkinson, who works during a Port of Tauranga.
“Yesterday a members in a RMTU Rail and Port
branches in Tauranga voted to mountain pickets to prevent
foreign built rolling batch removing on a lane here in New
Zealand. We know that a boat carrying a first
batch of abroad built wagons is due to arrive in a Port
of Tauranga any day now. We’re not going to let that
happen but putting adult a fight,” pronounced Aubrey Wilkinson.
“We have a support of a associate members in the
Maritime Union of New Zealand (MUNZ) and other RMTU branches
across a country. We’ll be job meetings in Port
Chalmers and Wellington to reason identical votes as we
understand a boat carrying these wagons is also job at
“This is a quarrel for jobs and skills in
New Zealand. The Government is a shareholder of KiwiRail.
They can, and they should, approach KiwiRail to stop buying
rolling batch overseas. We have a imagination to build the
wagons here and a flow-on advantages to a New Zealand
economy are huge,” pronounced Aubrey Wilkinson.
of jobs and dozens of businesses count on work generated by
our rail workshops in Dunedin and a Hutt. This work
sustains a communities. All we’re seeking a Government
to do is listen to us and to do a right thing for New
Zealand,” pronounced Aubrey Wilkinson.
Full Text of
This assembly of RMTU Bay of Plenty Branch:
• Directs KiwiRail to desert a skeleton to condense jobs
at a Hillside and Hutt engineering plants and to deposit in
the destiny of Hillside, Hutt and Rail Engineering in New
Zealand with a perspective to securing and formulating high skill,
high salary jobs that assistance build and enhance a tolerable rail
• To order for a supervision procurement
policy that ensures all SOEs and other supervision owned and
controlled entities take into comment a interests of the
wider NZ economy and multitude in a squeeze of products and
• That this total assembly endorses the
call from a Waikato and Bay of Plenty Rail Branches and
the Bay of Plenty Port Branch to organize a picket led by
our KiwiRail members during Tauranga when a CNR built wagons
• That this total assembly calls on a ITF
to anathema all CNR built wagons that are unfailing for NZ.
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