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Bunnings workers vote for strike action

Thursday, 3 September 2015, 1:00 pm | First Union

Workers at Bunnings Mount Maunganui are walking off the job at 1pm today after learning that the company is proposing a change which will remove the right to determine their start and finish times, says FIRST Union Retail and Finance Secretary Maxine Gay. More >>

Spectacular half-year result amid low wage

Thursday, 20 August 2015, 11:24 am | First Union

While the New Zealand Refining Company Limited posts a spectacular half-year profit , a union representing workers at the site is questioning whether a proposed 0.5% pay rise is all the company can afford. More >>

Warehouse New Lynn workers vote for strike action

Tuesday, 11 August 2015, 3:14 pm | First Union

In a strike ballot held at 3pm today, workers at the Warehouse New Lynn have voted for strike action. More >>

Industrial unrest spreads as Warehouse workers reject wage

Tuesday, 11 August 2015, 12:39 pm | First Union

Striking workers at the Warehouse Blenheim are calling on the company to live up to its own rhetoric and pay a decent wage, says FIRST Union organiser Dennis Maga. More >>

Workers at the Warehouse Manukau walk off the job

Thursday, 6 August 2015, 1:58 pm | First Union

Union members at the Warehouse Manukau are undertaking a “wildcat” strike* after rejecting the company’s measly offer of a 30 cent wage increase, says FIRST Union organiser Dennis Maga. More >>

Unemployment figures highlight “vulnerable” economy

Wednesday, 5 August 2015, 11:35 am | First Union

Figures released today revealing a rise in the unemployment rate demonstrate that the government’s mismanagement of the economy is keeping the country in a low-wage, high unemployment rut says FIRST Union General Secretary Robert Reid. More >>

Business “appalled” with government’s treatment of KiwiRail

Thursday, 30 July 2015, 10:20 am | First Union

The rail workers’ union is backing calls from Mainfreight chairman Bruce Plested for “more positive support for long-term rail infrastructure”, says Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU) General Secretary Wayne Butson. More >>

Watered down health and safety bill

Friday, 24 July 2015, 2:21 pm | First Union

Despite major unions and many business associations uniting in a call for better health and safety standards, the select committee report into the Health and Safety Reform Bill reveals that the government has surrendered to pressure from a small ... More >>

Union calls for urgency over new laws to end child labour

Monday, 20 July 2015, 10:52 am | First Union

After receiving notification of what appears to be several child labour cases in Apia, Samoa First Union is reminding parents and employers that child labour is unethical and can even be illegal under local and international law. More >>

Disappointment as Westpac closes Ruatorea branch

Monday, 13 July 2015, 8:13 pm | First Union

After a spirited campaign to save Westpac Ruatorea, bank bosses have ignored the community and confirmed that the Ruatorea branch will close says FIRST Union national organiser Tali Williams. More >>

Proposed bus rosters put passengers at risk – union

Tuesday, 7 July 2015, 10:10 am | First Union

The unions representing bus drivers have filed an urgent claim in the Employment Relations Authority as NZ Bus, a bus provider for Auckland Transport, refuses to meaningfully consult over proposed rosters which could lead to driver fatigue and ... More >>

Foodstuffs confirms closures

Friday, 26 June 2015, 11:15 am | First Union

Foodstuffs has confirmed that it will close its Gilmours wholesalers in Henderson, Panmure and Rotorua as well as its Toops wholesalers in New Plymouth and Napier says FIRST Union General Secretary Robert Reid. More >>

Foodstuffs looks at closing its cash and carry stores

Wednesday, 24 June 2015, 9:30 am | First Union

Local supermarket giant Foodstuffs is proposing the closure of 5 of its 12 Gilmours and Toops food trade stores in the North Island, but FIRST Union General Secretary Robert Reid is questioning the business case to support the closures. More >>

New Zealand union goes global

Monday, 22 June 2015, 9:42 am | First Union

FIRST Union, New Zealand’s second largest private sector union, is going international with the launch of Samoa’s only private sector union, Samoa First Union. More >>

Port union welcomes LPC guilty plea over worker’s death

Thursday, 18 June 2015, 12:23 pm | First Union

The Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU) is pleased Lyttelton Port Company (LPC) has pleaded guilty to charges laid by Worksafe over the death of port worker Brad Fletcher in August 2014. More >>

Secret trade negotiation a backdoor to deregulation

Thursday, 4 June 2015, 1:35 pm | First Union

Secret trade negotiation a backdoor to deregulation This morning’s leak of documents from the highly secretive Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) negotiations are a backdoor to widespread deregulation, according to FIRST Union General Secretary Robert Reid. ... More >>

Union and local community unite to keep open Ruatōria bank

Friday, 29 May 2015, 1:15 pm | First Union

Bank workers union and local community unite to keep open Ruatōria’s last bank More >>

Government must not abandon health and safety reform

Thursday, 28 May 2015, 12:46 pm | First Union

While resistance in the National Party caucus delays the passage of the Health and Safety Reform Bill, FIRST Union General Secretary Robert Reid says there should be no health and safety law exceptions for small businesses and farmers. More >>

Kenia Serrano to visit Auckland, June 10-12

Monday, 25 May 2015, 12:38 pm | First Union

Kenia Serrano is president of the Cuban Institute for Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP), which organises solidarity activities between Cuba and organisations and individuals around the world. She is a member of Cuba’s parliament. More >>

Budget 2015: Working people miss out - union

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 3:00 pm | First Union

Returning some of the income that was stolen from beneficiaries in National’s welfare cuts in 1991 is not an adequate way to address poverty or reduce inequality says FIRST Union General Secretary Robert Reid. More >>



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