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Government must end exploitative ‘forum shopping’ practice

Tuesday, 21 January 2020, 10:51 am | FIRST Union

FIRST Union is today calling on the New Zealand Government to intervene in the shocking case of a Filipino migrant worker and carpenter who, until Monday last week, was unable to return to his fixed employment in New Zealand after his former employer, ... More >>

Bridges must condemn human rights abuses in the Philippines

Monday, 20 January 2020, 8:18 am | FIRST Union

The current Simon Bridges led National Party delegation to the Philippines will be a failure if it does not raise the issue of Human Rights and condemn the extra-judicial killings occurring there according to two New Zealand members of an International ... More >>

Sudden closure of sawmill shows intervention needed

Tuesday, 14 January 2020, 3:58 pm | FIRST Union

Yesterday’s sudden announcement of the closure of Pacific Pine Industries Ltd, a timber processing and sawmill in Putaruru, has left its 60+ employees reeling. Staff were called in from their annual leave on Monday to a meeting where they were ... More >>

South Island Foodstuffs supermarket workers protest

Tuesday, 24 December 2019, 11:53 am | First Union

South Island Foodstuffs supermarket workers protest for living wage after ‘bargaining’ for three years Source: First Union More >>

Shocked workers learn of immediate Bunnings shutdowns

Tuesday, 24 December 2019, 6:17 am | FIRST Union

Workers at two Bunnings retail stores; Waikanae and Te Aroha, learned today that their stores are closing forever on 27 December 2019. More >>

Workers kick off nationwide living wage t-shirt protest

Friday, 20 December 2019, 9:14 am | FIRST Union

Cotton On retail workers throughout New Zealand kicked off a protest yesterday that will see FIRST Union members around the country proudly wearing "Cotton H(on)est - Living Wage" t-shirts at work until Christmas Eve in protest at the company’s ... More >>

Tip Top workers’ victory brings bread shortage to an end

Friday, 13 December 2019, 8:10 am | FIRST Union

FIRST Union members at George Weston Foods Ltd in South Auckland, who produce Tip Tip branded bread products, have reached a deal with the company after emergency negotiations that will end industrial action and bring a national bread shortage ... More >>

Council votes to intervene on NZ Bus driver suspensions

Thursday, 12 December 2019, 3:30 pm | FIRST Union

Today, at a meeting of Auckland Council’s Governing Body, councillors voted unanimously for a series of resolutions that will require greater direct involvement in resolving the ongoing dispute between unions and NZ Bus from Auckland Transport and the Minister ... More >>

Bus suspensions: drivers reject the same NZ Bus offer again

Tuesday, 10 December 2019, 6:52 pm | First Union

Over 800 FIRST Union and NZ Tramways Union members who drive buses for Auckland’s largest public transport operator, NZ Bus, met today and rejected the employer’s standing offer of a 2% pay rise, meaning driver suspensions are likely to continue ... More >>

Human rights abuses in the Philippines

Tuesday, 10 December 2019, 12:25 pm | FIRST Union

Today, December 10th, is Human Rights Day. It has been chosen by the International Trade Union Confederation to highlight human rights abuses of trade unions and labour activists in the Philippines. Two New Zealanders - Robert Reid, President of FIRST ... More >>

End the Christmas suspensions: protest at Auckland Transport

Sunday, 8 December 2019, 4:12 pm | First Union

End the Christmas suspensions: Hundreds of bus drivers to protest at Auckland Transport Source: First Union More >>

Free bus fares in Auckland to continue until Christmas

Friday, 6 December 2019, 8:20 am | FIRST Union

Drivers for NZ Bus will continue to offer free passenger fares as a partial strike action until Christmas, joining their colleagues at Go Bus, FIRST Union said today. More >>

Inghams workers wrap up 3-day strike

Thursday, 5 December 2019, 4:35 pm | FIRST Union

Food Processing workers at Inghams chicken processing plant in Wiri, Auckland, have just finished three days of full strike action after walking off the job over frustrating wage negotiations and missing backpay in a protest that some have dubbed the ‘McNugget ... More >>

NZBus drivers vote to join free fares strike from next week

Friday, 29 November 2019, 9:27 am | FIRST Union

Over 800 FIRST Union and NZ Tramways Union members who drive buses for Auckland’s largest bus company, NZ Bus, will be joining striking Go Bus drivers from Monday next week in not collecting passenger fares, meaning around half of all Auckland ... More >>

Nationwide protest marks beginning of Cotton On strike

Friday, 29 November 2019, 8:09 am | FIRST Union

Over 300 FIRST Union members at Cotton On throughout New Zealand will be beginning nationwide strike action this Friday in major centres, protesting the company’s refusal to provide a living wage to retail and distribution centre workers - or even ... More >>

Free fares on Go Bus services to continue in South Auckland

Wednesday, 27 November 2019, 10:12 am | FIRST Union

Go Bus drivers in South Auckland will continue their strike action over a bitter employment dispute with the company by offering free fares to passengers from this morning until Christmas Eve, FIRST Union said today. More >>

Mobil customers can expect disruptions next week

Tuesday, 26 November 2019, 10:45 am | FIRST Union

FIRST Union members who work at Allied Petroleum are warning customers in advance that a strike of Mobil tanker drivers may affect petrol supply next week, and they are calling on the petrol company to do the right thing and negotiate a collective ... More >>

Tip Top bakery workers fighting to put bread on their table

Sunday, 24 November 2019, 1:39 pm | First Union

Tip Top bakery workers fighting to put bread on their own tables Source: First Union More >>

Supermarket workers on path to living wage

Friday, 15 November 2019, 12:50 pm | FIRST Union

FIRST Union members at Countdown have ratified a new agreement that will set their supermarket team on a path towards a living wage, and significantly raise the pay of 15,000 workers across the country. More >>

Union Kaumātua calls for Iwi involvement in Go Bus dispute

Wednesday, 13 November 2019, 1:42 pm | FIRST Union

FIRST Union Kaumātua Syd Keepa is calling on Ngāi Tahu and Tainui, co-owners of Go Bus, to intervene in an ongoing dispute over pay and conditions that saw bus drivers beginning a full strike in South Auckland this morning, FIRST Union said today. More >>



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