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Visa Extension A Life Raft As The Broken Immigration System Sinks

Thursday, 10 June 2021, 11:31 am | Union Network of Migrants

This morning’s announcement that around 10,000 working holiday visas and supplementary seasonal work visas will be extended for another six months is a temporary reprieve for workers, but fundamental reform of our immigration system is still required, ... More >>

Reducing Road Transport Emissions Requires Public Ownership Of Buses

Wednesday, 9 June 2021, 1:06 pm | FIRST Union

Bringing our bus industry back into public ownership is a crucial step for reducing road transport emissions and meeting the goals of New Zealand’s climate change commitments, FIRST Union said today. "Today’s recommendations from the Climate ... More >>

Pressure Mounts On Pak’n’Save As Largest Store In NZ To Strike

Saturday, 22 May 2021, 6:01 am | First Union

WHAT: Supermarket workers from Pak’n’Save Lincoln Road in Auckland - the largest supermarket in New Zealand - will strike today after failing to negotiate a fair agreement with the franchise owner that would include liveable wages and an increased ... More >>

H&M Insist On Poverty Wages And Understaffing - Auckland Workers To Strike!

Friday, 21 May 2021, 5:11 pm | First Union

WHAT: Global fast fashion brand H&M are still refusing to negotiate a living wage, and strike action is escalating today in Auckland as staff from Commercial Bay and Sylvia Park will walk off the job to demonstrate in the central city outside ... More >>

Funding Of Buses And Ambulances Must Be On Agenda In Today’s Budget

Thursday, 20 May 2021, 9:18 am | First Union

Today’s Budget will be a test of the Government’s commitment to solving long-standing problems in public transport and emergency care, and to be successful, it must begin the process of rescuing our bus and ambulances services from the brink of failure ... More >>

Pak’n’Save Taupō Workers To Strike As Negotiations Break Down

Friday, 14 May 2021, 12:58 pm | FIRST Union

WHAT: Workers at Pak’n’Save’s Taupō store will withdraw their labour and picket outside the store on Friday as negotiations over wage rises stall and the supermarket’s managers are accused of delay tactics in signing a new Collective ... More >>

Bus Drivers And Supermarket Workers Will Welcome Fair Pay Agreements

Friday, 7 May 2021, 1:08 pm | First Union

Today’s long-awaited announcement that Fair Pay Agreements (FPAs) are on the way for historically underpaid workforces like bus drivers, supermarket staff, healthcare workers and cleaners is a welcome landmark and could be the beginning of reclaiming ... More >>

End The Failed Privatisation Experiment And Nationalise Our Buses Now

Thursday, 29 April 2021, 6:57 am | First Union

Last week’s illegal lockout of Wellington-based NZ Bus drivers has yet again shown us that private businesses simply aren’t fit to run New Zealand’s bus systems, with this lockout becoming the latest in a long line of failures and breakdowns under ... More >>

Kmart Workers Leading The Way With Living Wage Offer

Thursday, 22 April 2021, 6:33 am | First Union

Retail workers across the country who are currently bargaining for new Collective Agreements with their employers will be looking to the example of Kmart, who are the first major retailer to negotiate new one-year CA for 2021-22 that includes the ... More >>

A Free Fully-funded Nationwide Ambulance Service Must Be Part Of Health NZ

Wednesday, 21 April 2021, 12:18 pm | First Union

The union representing ambulance officers has called on the Government to include national ambulance services under the newly-announced Health NZ to ensure the service is fully-funded and free to all. "We strongly support the proposed changes to ... More >>

More Calls For Ports Of Auckland CEO's Resignation

Wednesday, 7 April 2021, 2:02 pm | FIRST Union

Three more community leaders have added their names to the call for the resignation of Ports of Auckland CEO, Tony Gibson, in light of the damning Health and Safety report released prior to Easter. Tau Henare, Shane Te Pou and Robert Reid will deliver ... More >>

Poverty Is No Joke

Friday, 2 April 2021, 2:47 pm | First Union

On the 1st of April 2021 (April Fools Day) a range of incremental changes were made to wages as the government lifted the minimum wage to $20 an hour. Benefits also saw a 3.1% increase as they’re now indexed to wages. People receiving benefits ... More >>

Wanaka New World Owners Abusing Holidays Act To Be Inspected

Thursday, 1 April 2021, 3:33 pm | FIRST Union

Two New World Supermarkets in Wanaka intend to open on Good Friday in defiance of the Holidays Act, and the Labour Inspectorate is now investigating the matter following a formal complaint from FIRST Union. FIRST Union Regional Secretary Paul Watson said ... More >>

Driver Safety When Delivering Alcohol Uber’s Responsibility, Says FIRST Union

Thursday, 25 March 2021, 12:46 pm | FIRST Union

FIRST Union - the union for drivers - says Uber will be held accountable if drivers are harmed whilst delivering alcohol. This comes after the app-based company announced Uber Eats is now offering an alcohol-delivery service and that delivery drivers would ... More >>

FIRST Launches 'Healthy Staffing, Healthy Stores' Campaign As Bargaining Kicks Off All Over NZ

Tuesday, 9 March 2021, 10:32 am | First Union

As thousands of retail workers head into bargaining periods with major employers all over New Zealand to negotiate better wages and conditions, FIRST Union is kicking off a campaign to make the three biggest issues facing workers a central part of ... More >>

NZ Risks Being On The Wrong Side Of History On "vaccine Apartheid"

Wednesday, 3 March 2021, 2:25 pm | FIRST Union

A response from the Minister of Trade to a letter from 42 organisations and noted experts regarding a proposed waiver to WTO intellectual property rules shows that New Zealand risks being on the wrong side of history. "88 percent of WTO members ... More >>

Government Action Needed To Turn Around Wave Of Mill Closures

Wednesday, 24 February 2021, 1:08 pm | FIRST Union

The closure of Whakatane Mill confirms that New Zealand needs to change its policy setting around Governmental procurement of locally processed wood products and secure the wood supply to our processors if we are to avoid further closures and devastating ... More >>

Government Needs To Reprioritise Regulating Gig Work - FIRST Union

Monday, 22 February 2021, 10:16 am | FIRST Union

The transport union, FIRST Union, says the New Zealand Government needs to get back on track with regulating gig work following the UK Supreme Court’s decision to grant Uber drivers rights like paid holidays and minimum wage. In late 2019, the ... More >>

Focus On Workers! Sick Leave Allowance Must Increase

Wednesday, 10 February 2021, 11:56 am | FIRST Union

If New Zealand is serious about building resilience during the Covid-19 pandemic and protecting our communities against future outbreaks, statutory sick leave allowances must increase and the Holidays Act must be amended to better protect workers rather ... More >>

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 >>