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The wheels on the bus go round and round...

Wednesday, 6 March 2019, 9:00 pm | FIRST Union

Bus drivers in Queenstown will now walk off the job over negotiations that are going nowhere and unsafe buses. Members at Ritchie’s Queenstown have voted to take strike action from midnight Thursday 7th of March to midnight Friday 8th of March. More >>

Work visa changes must include more open visas

Tuesday, 5 March 2019, 9:00 am | FIRST Union

An OIA and a survey conducted by Union Network of Migrants (UNEMIG) and the Indian Workers Association (IWA) shows the proposed immigration changes need to allow all temporary work visa holders to become more open work visas if we are to reduce the ... More >>

A historical first: FIRST Union workers win fixing rule

Sunday, 3 March 2019, 1:48 pm | FIRST Union

A historic and significant, industry-setting decision has been made by the Employment Court of New Zealand in Christchurch regarding the Employment Relations Authority’s ability to fix the provisions of a collective agreement which has been subject to ... More >>

Workers picket high-end North Shore supermarket

Sunday, 3 March 2019, 1:05 pm | FIRST Union

Union members are taking action outside New World Albany today (Sunday 3rd March 2pm) to stand up for wages they can live on. More >>

Retail Workers’ Myth Busting: Retail is a Career

Saturday, 2 March 2019, 12:16 pm | FIRST Union

Retail Workers’ Myth Busting: Retail is a Career Official figures from Statistics New Zealand show there are a whopping 17,900 people working in retail on the minimum wage (according to the latest figures available for the June 2018 quarter). Out of ... More >>

Bus drivers’ strike in Dunedin over pathetic pay offer

Friday, 1 March 2019, 5:34 pm | First Union

Bus strikes continue in the transport sector, this time it’s Dunedin drivers who’ve had enough. More >>

Whakatane crash

Wednesday, 27 February 2019, 7:42 pm | First Union

“We are horrified to hear of the deaths of three people who were working for Higgins Contractors near Whakatane. No one goes to work to die. Our thoughts are with the families who today will be mourning a shocking loss, and to the workers who will ... More >>

It’s not about a bus driver shortage

Friday, 22 February 2019, 8:03 am | First Union

“The government already knows the solution to the problem, they talked about it in opposition, it’s simple: scrap the PTOM tendering model that got us in this mess and implement Fair Pay Agreements to lift the standards back to where they should ... More >>

This is what colonisation in 2019 looks like

Saturday, 16 February 2019, 10:57 am | First Union

There’s a dispute going on in the heart of Auckland over some of New Zealand’s oldest and most precious archaeological land. More >>

Striking Fuel tanker drivers win overtime rates

Monday, 11 February 2019, 1:57 pm | First Union

Further strike action at fuel distribution company Southfuels has been averted as an agreement has been reached that will see drivers being paid additional rates while working overtime. More >>

Ambulance Officer’s open letter

Friday, 1 February 2019, 3:51 pm | First Union

Ambulance Professionals have taken to writing letters to the board of trustees of St John in hopes their message will be heard. The Union has not received a response from the trust board despite the delegate bargaining group specifically asking them ... More >>

Wage crisis in bus sector

Friday, 1 February 2019, 3:22 pm | FIRST Union

Yet another bus company has announced a shortage of bus drivers. The Bay of Plenty Regional Council has today announced a driver shortage with NZ Bus for that region. NZ Bus Chief Operating Officer, Claire Neville says the company ... More >>

FIRST Union celebrate Westpac’s agreement to pay Living Wage

Friday, 1 February 2019, 3:05 pm | First Union

FIRST Union, the union for finance sector workers, welcomes the announcement earlier today that Westpac Bank has agreed to sign on as a Living Wage accredited employer, which will result in contractors engaged by Westpac receiving the Living Wage. More >>

FPAs move to close inequality gap

Thursday, 31 January 2019, 8:40 pm | First Union

FPAs move to close inequality gap & Workers voice support for FPAs Fair Pay Agreements (FPAs) will set out minimum terms and conditions of employment that will cover all workers within entire industries. The working group tasked with debating ... More >>

Dirty politics being used to spread misinformation on FPAs

Friday, 25 January 2019, 8:20 pm | First Union

Dirty politics being used to spread misinformation on FPAs Following the release of leaked documents from the Fair Pay Agreement workgroup, FIRST Union General Secretary Dennis Maga says he is hugely disappointed that what is supposed to be a collaborative ... More >>

Union calls on Coalition Gov’t to reassess RSE scheme

Friday, 18 January 2019, 8:53 am | FIRST Union

FIRST Union’s Denise Roche is calling on the Coalition Government to reassess its Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) scheme as labourhire companies continue to use the RSE scheme to exploit migrant workers and undermine working people in New Zealand. More >>

Truck driver employees see similar issues as contractors

Thursday, 17 January 2019, 9:05 pm | First Union

In response to stories on long haul truck drivers sleeping at depots, not being able to eat or drink anything (because they don’t have time to go to the bathroom) and having to pee in bottles due to the pressure to meet ever-more tightening deadlines, ... More >>

Irresponsible businesses claiming worker shortages

Wednesday, 16 January 2019, 12:09 pm | FIRST Union

In response to several recent stories from unethical and out-dated business lobby groups claiming worker shortages in several industries, FIRST Union General Secretary Dennis Maga has released the below response. More >>

Fuel delivery company refuses to agree to standard

Friday, 11 January 2019, 7:56 pm | First Union

Fuel delivery company refuses to agree to standard industry allowances and takes latest offer off the table – meanwhile partial strike continues More >>

Further disruptions expected for Southfuels customers

Friday, 21 December 2018, 1:33 pm | First Union

Further disruptions expected for Southfuels customers Rural customers needing fuel deliveries this summer may face further disruptions as a second strike notice has been served on Southfuels Ltd by its’ workers. Around a third of the company’s ... More >>



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