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Rail and maritime workers mourn lost miners

Media Release: Rail and Maritime Transport Union

Friday November 26, 2010

Rail and maritime workers mourn lost miners

Rail and maritime workers have added their condolences to the families and colleagues of the 29 miners and contractors killed at Pike River.

Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU) General Secretary Wayne Butson said that RMTU members on the West Coast were shaken with Wednesday's news.

"Our 88 members on the Coast were devastated. We work closely with the miners at the coal load sites," Wayne Butson said.

"We express our sympathy and solidarity with the families of the miners who died, and other miners who are now grieving for their lost workmates."

"Like many of the industries in which our members work, mining is a dangerous occupation. But all workers should be able to go to work each day, and return home safe and well."

Wayne Butson said that Workers Memorial Day commemorations next April 29 would be particularly moving.

He said that the RMTU would make sure all of its members had the opportunity to contribute to the EPMU fund for family members.

ENDS

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