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Putting Workers First

MembersThe National Distribution Union and Finsec joined forces on 1 October 2011 to form New Zealand’s newest union – FIRST Union. 

We are 27,000 workers in Finance, Industrial (Textile and Wood) Retail, Stores & Transport, who have come together to get a better deal at work.

If you’re not a member of the union, join today to win higher pay, better conditions and have more say at work.

Read the articles below to read about what's happening in FIRST Union, or click here to view all the latest news.

 

 

 

Do you want to change the world?

Article Date: 
Friday, October 31, 2014

FIRST Union is running an Organising School from the second week of February 2015.

ANZ workers standing up for secure, reliable hours and better pay!

Article Date: 
Friday, October 10, 2014
ANZ workers across the country stopped work today as part of a national strike, speaking out against bank proposals that would be highly disruptive to family life.

Wood sector union welcomes Forest Safety report

Date of Release: 
Friday, October 31, 2014

The wood sector union has welcomed the Final Report of the Independent Forestry Safety Review, released in Rotorua today.

Unions will pick up the Forest Safety challenge

Date of Release: 
Friday, October 31, 2014

“The report of the Independent Forest Safety Review Panel is a wake-up call for all stakeholders in the forest industry, including unions,” said Robert Reid, General Secretary of FIRST Union.

Bumper ANZ profits mean no excuse for insecure hours

Date of Release: 
Friday, October 31, 2014

A big rise in profits at New Zealand's largest bank needs to be reflected in a better pay offer and more security around hours of work, the bank workers’ union said today.

Unnecessary law changes more to do with ideology

Date of Release: 
Thursday, October 30, 2014

The government’s employment law changes are simply ideological and are at odds with its approach in the related areas of health and safety and immigration law, FIRST Union said tonight.

Retail union celebrates reinstatement of worker wrongfully dismissed

Date of Release: 
Thursday, October 16, 2014

The retail union is celebrating the successful reinstatement of one of its members after the Employment Court found The Warehouse badly handled a letter from what the Court described as an “an irate customer whose mood had gone beyond irrationality.”

ANZ workers on strike tomorrow across New Zealand

Date of Release: 
Thursday, October 9, 2014

FIRST Union members from several ANZ locations across the country will be on strike tomorrow, speaking out against bank proposals that would be highly disruptive to family life.

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