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Toll Workers Walk Off The Job For The Second Time

Tuesday, 22 December 2020, 5:42 am | First Union

Workers at Toll Logistics, the third-party logistics arm of global company Toll, have walked off the job today following stalled employment negotiations. The strike is the second in a matter of weeks as the workers seek to protect their current terms ... More >>

New World Workers To Strike On Christmas

Monday, 21 December 2020, 12:06 pm | FIRST Union

FIRST Union members at Fresh Collective have voted to take strike action through the Christmas rush. Fresh Collective is a boutique brand of New World supermarkets in Auckland’s affluent Mt Albert. The first strike is planned for 1pm - 2pm today ... More >>

Toll Workers Strike To Prevent Pay Cuts

Monday, 14 December 2020, 12:16 pm | First Union

Workers for troubled logistics giant Toll took strike action today to defend pay cuts being proposed to their collective agreement. Around 25 workers (or 70%) of Auckland’s Toll Logistics (the third party logistics arm of global logistics giant ... More >>

Countdown Customer Care Workers To Protest Over Pay Outside Ponsonby Store

Friday, 11 December 2020, 8:28 am | First Union

What: Workers from Countdown’s Customer Care centre in Auckland are taking strike action today and withdrawing their labour to picket outside the company’s Ponsonby store as pay negotiations remain unresolved Where: Outside Countdown Ponsonby, 4 ... More >>

Seventy Workers Losing Jobs As Christchurch Loses Clothing Manufacturer Deane Apparel

Wednesday, 2 December 2020, 3:55 pm | FIRST Union

Well-established New Zealand clothing manufacturer Deane Apparel have today confirmed their intention to close their manufacturing plant in Russley, Christchurch, which will lead to around 70 job losses among their predominantly female workforce and ... More >>

FIRST Union Says Horticulture Industry Must Pay Locals A Living Wage Too

Friday, 27 November 2020, 4:00 pm | FIRST Union

FIRST Union says horticulture industry must pay locals a living wage too FIRST Union says today’s announcement that the Government is allowing the horticulture industry to bring into the country 2,000 RSE workers if they pay them a living wage shows ... More >>

Countdown Customer Care Workers Take Further Strike Action

Tuesday, 24 November 2020, 11:25 am | FIRST Union

Workers at Countdown’s central Customer Care centre in Auckland are walking off the job this afternoon in their third strike action over underpayment and a disappointing new settlement offer from Countdown that they say is worse than their opening position, ... More >>

Government Must Intervene To Halt Mass Wage Theft

Friday, 20 November 2020, 10:04 am | FIRST Union

FIRST Union, the union representing 1200 Ambulance Professionals at St John, are calling on the Government to intervene in what can only be described as "Mass Wage Theft". FIRST Union has filed for urgency in the Employment Court for compliance ... More >>

Trigger Section 64 To Support Migrant Workers And Plug Labour Shortage

Friday, 20 November 2020, 8:24 am | First Union

With current financial support for migrant workers coming to an end at the end of the month, the Union Network of Migrants (UNEMIG) has written to the Ministers for Social Development and Immigration, demanding the Government trigger Section 64 of ... More >>

New Covid Community Case Shows Why Retail Workers Need Sick Leave And Safe Staffing

Thursday, 12 November 2020, 2:14 pm | FIRST Union

Today’s announcement of a new case of community transmission of Covid-19 in Auckland is a vital reminder of why an increase to statutory sick leave for retail workers is more necessary than ever, but employers must also do their part to ensure safe ... More >>

Ambulance Professionals Vote For A Full Strike

Monday, 9 November 2020, 3:07 pm | First Union

This weekend, First Union members at St John Ambulance voted overwhelmingly to strike and withdraw their labour, saying that St John has continued to withhold their agreed shift pay, is proposing salary cuts to fully funded jobs, and wants to remove their ... More >>

The Warehouse Walkout: Distribution Centre Staff To Strike On Monday For 24 Hours

Saturday, 7 November 2020, 9:13 am | First Union

The Warehouse workers from Auckland’s Distribution Centre have voted to strike and withdraw their labour this Monday 9th November for 24 hours following a breakdown in bargaining and ongoing frustration over the company’s restructuring attempts, ... More >>

Regional Banking Hubs Trial Offers A Model For The Whole Country

Tuesday, 3 November 2020, 8:11 am | First Union

FIRST Union has welcomed the announcement that Regional Banking Hubs will be trialled in four regions around New Zealand, and says the trial could offer a useful model for the rest of the country as we seek to maintain face-to-face services, retain ... More >>

Countdown Customer Care Strike Continues As Frustration Grows

Tuesday, 27 October 2020, 1:32 pm | First Union

Countdown customer care specialists who deal with the supermarket’s online orders are taking partial strike action today and withdrawing labour relating to online shopping as anger grows among workers at the company’s comments about pay and value, ... More >>

Heartland Bank Workers Take Strike Action In Auckland Over Low Pay Rates

Tuesday, 27 October 2020, 12:04 pm | FIRST Union

Workers at Heartland Bank in Auckland are taking strike action today and walking off the job after unsuccessful negotiations with the employer have failed to result in meaningful increases to wages that union officials say are well below market rates, ... More >>

Pak’n’Save Whakatane Workers To Strike Over Lowest Supermarket Wages In Bay Of Plenty

Friday, 23 October 2020, 11:02 am | FIRST Union

Workers at Pak’n’Save in Whakatane are taking strike action today over fruitless negotiations with the store owner and low wage rates that fall below comparable industry standards and represent the lowest supermarket wages in Whakatane and the lowest-paid ... More >>

Thousands Of Union Members At Countdown Feel Effect Of First Paycheque Under New Rates

Thursday, 8 October 2020, 8:04 am | First Union

Over the last week, around 7000 FIRST Union members who work at Countdown received their first payslips under new rates agreed in a Collective Agreement signed with the employer last November that will see thousands moving onto living wages, transparent ... More >>

It’s Not Too Late - Govt Can Save Marsden Point By Partnering On A Just Transition

Monday, 5 October 2020, 12:24 pm | FIRST Union

Refining NZ have this morning confirmed that around 100 jobs will be cut as the first part of its Strategic Review concludes, but FIRST Union says that it isn’t too late to save more jobs, assets and infrastructure while transitioning to cleaner ... More >>

Pak’n’Save Workers To Strike After Five Years Waiting For A Deal

Friday, 2 October 2020, 11:19 am | FIRST Union

Workers at Pak’n’Save Richmond are taking strike action after five years of fruitless negotiation has failed to result in a Collective Agreement or a living wage, and FIRST Union says the lengthy impasse highlights the difficulty for supermarket ... More >>

Workers Dismayed As Warehouse Confirms Restructure To Proceed

Friday, 18 September 2020, 8:40 am | First Union

The Warehouse confirmed to workers in a series of meetings around the country that the organisation has decided to continue with its proposed restructure of 62 further Warehouse stores, despite overwhelming staff feedback that the plan will disadvantage ... More >>