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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 >>

Lending restrictions leave workers with high housing costs

Wednesday, 13 May 2015, 1:06 pm | First Union

FIRST Union is welcoming the Reserve Bank’s new lending restrictions for property investors in Auckland, but believes the Government should be doing more to address the multiple issues that feed into the problem of Auckland’s housing affordability. More >>

Employer accreditation may not go far enough

Wednesday, 13 May 2015, 9:38 am | First Union

A group representing migrant workers is welcoming the government’s changes to Essential Skills visas , but concerns remain over the content of an accreditation scheme which aims to protect migrant workers against unscrupulous employers. More >>

More work needed to protect migrant workers

Friday, 8 May 2015, 12:29 pm | First Union

The Union Network of Migrants (UNEMIG) welcomes the Immigration Amendment Bill (No 2), but loopholes remain open that facilitate migrant worker exploitation, according to UNEMIG Migrant Workers’ Advocate Dennis Maga. More >>

Employment figures hide prevalence of insecure work

Wednesday, 6 May 2015, 2:51 pm | First Union

Today’s unemployment figures are hiding the prevalence of insecure work in New Zealand, according to FIRST Union General Secretary Robert Reid. More >>

Classing kava as a drug is discriminatory

Wednesday, 6 May 2015, 10:32 am | First Union

After failing to consult with unions or community groups, the New Zealand Drug Detection Agency will begin testing workers for kava use says FIRST Union organiser Jerome Mika. More >>

Company closure leaves workers in the dark

Tuesday, 5 May 2015, 12:25 pm | First Union

While creditors and contractors take action to recover their assets in Kiwi Forestry International and Harvest Pro , workers in the subsidiary company Smith & Davies are still in the dark over their employment status says FIRST Union General Secretary ... More >>



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