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FIRST Union is a member of the Pay Equity Challenge coalition - a broad coalition of community, employer, union, and academic groups who are committed to putting pay equity issues back on the Government’s, and New Zealand’s, agenda.

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.




New era begins

When FIRST Union bursts into life in October it will get off to a flying start.

Bargaining a great experience

Northshore Bunnings delegate Phil Lawson has lived an interesting life but he rates bargaining as a great experience.

Long wait at Route and Retail

If workers were paid for their patience Junior Ipo would be a rich man.

Bidvest go union

A decision to do something about lifting their wages has seen Wellington Bidvest workers win increases of up to $3 an hour.



In the News

Progressive winning supermarket war

A suggestion that Progressive Enterprises is winning the supermarket wars.

Courier drivers 'virtually slaves'

Courier drivers are struggling to earn a living wage, with incomes stalled at about the same level as they were 20 years ago, while running costs have exploded, the Sunday Star-Times reports.

Boom for primary wood exports

First Union says the unprocessed wood industry is hurting wood processers, including saw mills and paper manufacturers.

Job losses at carpet maker Cavalier - union

Carpet maker Cavalier has made 22 workers redundant in its Wiri, Napier and Whanganui mills, according to the union representing textile workers.

Wool Price Rises But Pain Felt In Carpet Industry

While farmers are reaping higher returns from wool for carpet manufacturers it’s the opposite for workers in the carpet industry where the pain of redundnancy is being felt. 

FIRST Union general secretary, Robert Reid, says high wool prices are making wool-based carpets too expensive and some carpet makers are switching to synthetics.

“As wool climbs it is putting workers out of work in New Zealand.”

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