Kiwirail Collective Agreement

The two-year agreement is referred to as a pioneering agreement, since all members receive the same increase in the dollar, instead of a percentage increase. “Personally, I am delighted that RMTU members have seen the value of a wage agreement that reconciles the conditions of competition and supports the principles of fairness and collective bargaining in the labour sector. Perhaps this small crack in the capitalist armor will create a new era of fairer wage agreements, less greed and a more egalitarian society,” Butson says. The lowest-paid workers receive the equivalent of a 6.9 percent wage increase. KiwiRail recruits train drivers in Hamilton, Palmerston North and Christchurch for freight transport. The increase is retroactive to July 1 and affects more than 2300 union members or about three-quarters of KiwiRail`s workforce.