Union gives reasons behind Wellington rail worker strike


Wellington rail workers in two unions voted in favour of stopping work for 24 hours from 2am on Thursday to protest the folding of contract negotiations. Commuters by car and train have already felt the effects of the strike.  

More than 30,000 people commute by train on a typical weekday in Wellington.

Wayne Butson, Rail and Maritime Transport Union secretary joins The AM Show to discuss the purpose of the strike.

Mr Butson explains that rail workers want to preserve their penalty rates and the choice for workers to take statutory days, among other contract requests.

Our terms and conditions are not for sale.

The strike has been described as the most significant industrial action taken by rail workers to hit Wellington in more than 20 years.

Watch the full clip from The AM Show above.

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