Energy and Mining

We represent workers in coal and gold mining, ironsands mining, oil exploration and production.

Our Energy and Mining sector has 1,000 members covered by 36 collective agreements, including the Mining Industry multi‐employer collective agreement covering 290 workers.

E tū members work at Solid Energy, in mines at Huntly and Stockton, at NZ Steel, Oceanagold, on oil rigs and in offshore exploration.

We fight for fair pay and conditions across the industry. Since the disaster at Pike River in 2010, we’ve campaigned harder than ever for proper health and safety at work, especially in mining.

If you’re in the energy and mining industry, join E tū for a fair deal at work.

International affiliations

We are affiliated to the global union IndustriALL and work closely with the Australian CFMEU’s Mining and Energy division.


E tū: sadness at job losses as Spring Creek closes

E tū says the closure of Solid Energy’s Spring Creek mine is a blow to the miners working there, as well as their families and the wider West Coast community.

The mine has been kept under care and maintenance for the past four years and Solid Energy has tried to sell it.   However, the state-owned coal company has failed to find a buyer.


E tū welcomes sale of Solid Energy assets as good for jobs

E tū has welcomed the sale of Solid Energy’s assets, saying it’s good news for jobs and as good an outcome as could be expected.

E tū’s Director of Industries, Ged O’Connell says subject to regulatory approval, the mines appear to have been salvaged and the assets will soon be in the hands of New Zealand-owned operators.

“It means jobs for our members and some pay-back for creditors, so that’s good”, he says.

E tū awaits answers as investigation begins into Waihi mining death

The mining union, E tū is supporting workers at Oceanagold Waihi, as the company investigates the death of 29 year old mine worker, Tipiwai Stainton.

Mr Stainton died at the Correnso mine in Waihi last month whilst operating a bogger, or loader underground.

E tū extends condolences after Waihi mining fatality

The mining union, E tū has extended its condolences to the family of the young miner who died while working in the Correnso mine in Waihi.

It has also expressed its support and condolences to the man’s workmates and the Waihi community.

Step forward for multi-million dollar Tiwai in lieu arrears

E tū and New Zealand Aluminium Smelters (NZAS) met in Wellington on Tuesday 12 July 2016 to discuss the way forward in the Lieu Day dispute.

At the meeting New Zealand Aluminium Smelters explained the methodologies used to calculate entitlements for 64 union members who took court action over their lieu days.