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Thousands say NO to Investors’ Rights to Sue

Friday, 24 April 2015, 4:38 pm | First Union

Over 4,700 Kiwis have told the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee that they oppose giving foreign investors’ the right to sue NZ when we change our laws, according to It’s Our Future spokesperson Edward Miller. More >>

Low inflation means it’s time for a pay rise

Monday, 20 April 2015, 2:54 pm | First Union

With inflation falling for the second quarter in a row now is the perfect time for a pay rise for workers says FIRST Union General Secretary Robert Reid. More >>

KiwiRail can’t outsource responsibility

Friday, 17 April 2015, 7:38 pm | First Union

The government must guarantee New Zealanders that Chinese engineers working on KiwiRail’s locomotives are at least receiving the minimum wage says Rail and Maritime Transport Union spokesperson Todd Valster. More >>

Ban employers who exploit migrant workers

Thursday, 2 April 2015, 12:35 pm | First Union

The government may need to consider greater sanctions for employers who exploit migrant workers says Union Network of Migrants (Unemig) coordinator Dennis Maga. More >>

Pak’n Save workers in wage stand-off

Thursday, 2 April 2015, 10:32 am | First Union

Low pay offers mean Pak’n Save is beginning to earn a reputation as “Pak’n Slave” says FIRST Union senior organiser Bill Bradford. More >>

Rest and meal breaks restored at Cotton On

Wednesday, 1 April 2015, 1:05 pm | First Union

Workers from the Cotton On distribution centre are welcoming substantial improvements in wages and working conditions says FIRST Union General Secretary Robert Reid. More >>

First use of the “tea break” law revealed

Monday, 23 March 2015, 3:02 pm | First Union

Cotton On, the Australian retail chain with over 80 stores in New Zealand, has become one of the first companies to try and take advantage of the new “tea break” law says FIRST Union General Secretary Robert Reid. “Last year the government removed ... More >>

Workers take a stand at Pak'n Save Rotorua

Friday, 20 March 2015, 11:11 am | First Union

Workers will hit the picket line after FIRST Union members at Pak'n Save Rotorua unanimously endorsed a call for action says FIRST Union senior organiser Bill Bradford. The demonstration against bullying and intimidation will take place outside Pak'n ... More >>

Workers receive conflicting advice on Cyclone Pam

Monday, 16 March 2015, 10:23 am | First Union

Cyclone Pam is forecast to hit the east coast of the North Island overnight and conflicting advice from local government means workers are unsure whether they should attend work tomorrow says FIRST Union General Secretary Robert Reid. More >>

Tairawhiti Infrastructure Workers Face an Uncertain Future

Friday, 13 March 2015, 1:46 pm | First Union

Re-tendering roading and broadband contracts in the Gisborne region puts more than 300 infrastructure workers in limbo says FIRST Union General Secretary Robert Reid. More >>

Business growth not translating toemployment growth

Wednesday, 11 March 2015, 12:25 pm | First Union

Figures released by Statistics New Zealand reveal almost 500,000 businesses are operating in New Zealand, an all-time high. However General Secretary of the FIRST Union Robert Reid says record business growth is not translating to record employment growth. More >>

ANZ workers take strike action on Christmas Eve

Wednesday, 24 December 2014, 9:00 am | First Union

ANZ workers from branches and contact centres around the country are on strike today in response to the bank’s refusal to bargain fairly, according to the bank workers’ union. More >>

Lyttelton Port workers begin overtime ban

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 9:23 am | First Union

Workers of Christchurch Rail and Lyttelton Port have begun an indefinite ban on overtime, according to the Rail and Maritime Transport Union. The ban was announced at a mass meeting at the Port after negotiations between Lyttelton Port of Christchurch (LPC) ... More >>

CTU Runanga calls on iwi to ditch ANZ

Friday, 5 December 2014, 2:55 pm | First Union

CTU Runanga calls on iwi to ditch ANZ Maori trade union representatives are calling on iwi to ditch ANZ until they settle their current industrial dispute. The bank has failed to respect the workers that made it the most profitable bank in the country, ... More >>

Greedy Mr Pig greets striking ANZ workers

Friday, 5 December 2014, 2:04 pm | First Union

Greedy Mr Pig greets striking ANZ workers ANZ workers walked off the job today and together marched up Queen Street to confront greedy ANZ at their flagship Queen Street store, according to the bank workers union. The workers were greeted upon arrival ... More >>

Stop ratting on Porirua supermarket workers

Saturday, 15 November 2014, 7:48 pm | First Union

Stop ratting on Porirua supermarket workers Workers at Porirua PAK’nSAVE were joined by community supporters and a giant inflatable rat, at a picket outside the supermarket today. PAK’nSAVE workers, members of FIRST Union, have been negotiating for a payrise ... More >>

Bumper ANZ profits mean no excuse for insecure hours

Friday, 31 October 2014, 12:55 pm | First Union

A big rise in profits at New Zealand's largest bank needs to be reflected in a better pay offer and more security around hours of work, the bank workers’ union said today. More >>

Unions will pick up the Forest Safety challenge

Friday, 31 October 2014, 11:28 am | First Union

“The report of the Independent Forest Safety Review Panel is a wake-up call for all stakeholders in the forest industry, including unions,” said Robert Reid, General Secretary of FIRST Union. More >>

Wood sector union welcomes Forest Safety report

Friday, 31 October 2014, 11:27 am | First Union

The wood sector union has welcomed the Final Report of the Independent Forestry Safety Review, released in Rotorua today. “The review panel is absolutely right to say that there is no silver bullet and a comprehensive series of actions needs ... More >>

Unnecessary law changes more to do with ideology

Friday, 31 October 2014, 9:17 am | First Union

The government’s employment law changes are simply ideological and are at odds with its approach in the related areas of health and safety and immigration law, FIRST Union said tonight. More >>



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