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Budget 2022 A Chance To Put Labour Values Into Action

Wednesday, 18 May 2022, 4:36 pm | FIRST Union

Tomorrow’s Budget 2022 is an opportunity to demonstrate Labour’s values in action and must address the high cost of living faced by working people while increasing investment in public services and committing to return key infrastructure like buses ... More >>

Kiwifruit Workers At Seeka Call For Secure Wages In New Agreement

Friday, 29 April 2022, 10:26 am | FIRST Union

Workers at Seeka, the largest kiwifruit producer in New Zealand and Australia, have written to the company to seek assurances during bargaining for a new Collective Agreement that there will be no wage reductions at the end of the harvest in June. ... More >>

Reality Of Kiwifruit Wages Not What Industry Claims

Thursday, 31 March 2022, 10:00 am | FIRST Union

Recent claims by kiwifruit employers that wages are now as high as $60 an hour are ‘total nonsense’ says FIRST Union, whose representatives are currently in collective bargaining with industry leader Seeka. Negotiations have revealed that most workers ... More >>

Social Income Insurance Scheme Provides Crucial Protection For Workers

Friday, 25 March 2022, 10:03 am | FIRST Union

"The tripartite agreement between business, Government and unions regarding the creation of a Social Income Insurance scheme is crucial to support people when they need security most, and proposed the scheme is a necessary step towards a better ... More >>

Commerce Commission Report Highlights Opportunity To Fix Supermarkets’ Real Problems

Wednesday, 9 March 2022, 10:31 am | FIRST Union

Yesterday’s report back from the Commerce Commission into Aotearoa’s supermarket duopoly of Countdown and Foodstuffs may have stopped short of recommending a breakup of the brands, but it has exposed important opportunities for reform that would enable ... More >>

No Reason To Underpay New Zealand Countdown Workers Any More

Monday, 7 March 2022, 12:19 pm | FIRST Union

With confirmation that workers from Australia have been brought in to fill staffing gaps at Countdown supermarkets and within its supply chain, New Zealand workers alongside them should immediately receive pay parity and be remunerated at the significantly ... More >>

CHEP Workers Win New Agreement After Weeks On The Picket Line

Friday, 4 March 2022, 1:50 pm | FIRST Union

Workers at CHEP service centre in Auckland - one of Aotearoa’s largest pallet suppliers - have voted unanimously in favour of a new agreement that contains meaningful pay increases, overtime rates for weekend work and a sign-on bonus after over a fortnight ... More >>

Next Covid Crisis Looms Without Employers Acting In Public Interest

Thursday, 3 March 2022, 10:03 am | FIRST Union

FIRST Union is cautioning that the next Covid-19 crisis in workplaces could be looming, as many employers are now forcing workers who need to self-isolate with symptoms or close contact relations to use sick and annual leave for their absences rather ... More >>

Bogus Trespass Order Served As CHEP Pallet Picket Holds The Line

Wednesday, 23 February 2022, 1:04 pm | FIRST Union

Strike action by CHEP workers at the Auckland service centre continues today following revelations that yesterday the company attempted to serve an unenforceable trespass order to prevent use of the footpath outside and break the picket line, FIRST Union ... More >>

CHEP Pallet Workers Strike Continues As Company Refuses To Negotiate

Friday, 18 February 2022, 7:43 am | FIRST Union

WHAT: Workers at CHEP, Aotearoa’s main supplier of pallets, are taking strike action for the second time and will picket outside the company’s service centre as negotiations falter over wages and conditions WHEN: Friday 18 February, 07:30-08:30 ... More >>

Time For Action On Contracting Loophole As Aramex Courier Drivers Consider Strike

Tuesday, 15 February 2022, 9:05 am | FIRST Union

With news that Aramex courier drivers, who are misclassified as independent contractors due to a legal loophole, are considering strike action, it’s time that the Government took action to fix a broken system and implement recommendations put forward by numerous ... More >>

Winstone Workers At Flat Top Quarry Down Their Tools For Strike Action

Friday, 11 February 2022, 9:29 am | FIRST Union

Winstone Aggregate workers, a part of the Fletcher Building Group, are taking strike action today as the company’s significant growth and forecasted revenues continue to surpass stagnating wages and the increasingly difficult work people are paid for, ... More >>

CHEP Pallet Suppliers To Strike After Months Negotiating Fair Wage Increases

Tuesday, 8 February 2022, 7:13 am | FIRST Union

WHAT: Workers at CHEP, Aotearoa’s main supplier of pallets, are taking strike action and will picket outside the company’s service centre as wage increases are denied WHEN: Tuesday 8 February, 07:00-08:00 WHERE: Outside CHEP’s Service Centre, ... More >>

Welcome! Veterinary Nurses To Unionise For The First Time

Wednesday, 2 February 2022, 12:31 pm | FIRST Union

FIRST Union is pleased to welcome veterinary nurses as the newest group of workers to unionise in search of better pay and conditions. The role is historically underpaid and has been hampered by gender pay equity discrepancies that have resulted in stagnant ... More >>

Business NZ’s Move On Fair Pay Is A Desperate Plea To Save Low-wage Economy

Thursday, 9 December 2021, 12:19 pm | FIRST Union

This morning’s announcement by industry group Business NZ that it intends to renege on participation in the development of Fair Pay Agreements (FPAs) alongside the Council of Trade Unions (CTU) and Government represents an embarrassing turnaround and a ... More >>

Rotongaro Chicken Workers’ Wages Now Well Ahead Of The Flock

Wednesday, 1 December 2021, 9:08 am | First Union

FIRST Union and Cobb Vantress New Zealand (CVNZ) have settled a collective agreement that will see workers’ starting wages at the chicken farm and hatchery in Rotongaro increase by 17%, to a minimum of $24.50 per hour; $1.75 above the current Living ... More >>

Countdown DC Workers Win Settlement After 3-day Strike Action

Saturday, 27 November 2021, 5:58 am | FIRST Union

Countdown distribution centre workers from the company’s two sites in Auckland have signed a significant new agreement that will include a 5% wage rise for the next year and a 3.9% increase for a reduced 9-month term in the following year, FIRST ... More >>

Countdown DC Workers Take Action As Rising Cost Of Living In Auckland Goes Unmet

Tuesday, 23 November 2021, 7:45 pm | First Union

Around 700 essential workers at two Countdown distribution centre sits in Auckland are taking strike action today after the supermarket chain has rejected pay increases in line with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) during bargaining for a new Collective ... More >>

Uber’s NZ Tax Gap Estimated On Heels Of Global Taxation Reform

Thursday, 18 November 2021, 7:03 am | FIRST Union

Joint media release: Centre for International Corporate Tax Accountability and Research (CICTAR), FIRST Union and E tū Following a meeting of world leaders to finalise global rules on multinational tax avoidance, an alliance of groups has estimated ... More >>

The Warehouse Distribution Centre Workers Strike During Bargaining

Tuesday, 16 November 2021, 7:28 am | FIRST Union

Workers at The Warehouse Group’s distribution centre in Auckland have voted to take strike action and will withdraw their labour today following the company’s refusal to address structural wage issues and precarious work during a drawn-out ... More >>