The union representing retail workers is warning that the Government is out of touch with working people after passing the second reading of the Shop Trading Hours Amendment Bill, a law handing local authorities the power to permit trading on Easter Sunday.
‘New Zealanders are only guaranteed three and a half days off each year. We should protect that, not reduce it,’ said FIRST Union Retail and Finance Secretary Maxine Gay.
Commuters on Howick and Eastern Bus services might find their travel plans disrupted as FIRST Union members at the company take strike action after the company withdrew a last minute offer reached in mediated bargaining.
‘With the help of a mediator the two parties reached a tentative agreement that the drivers were ready to vote on. But just before the vote took place the company wrote to the union with a completely different and far less favourable offer,’ said Bus Drivers’ First spokesperson Rudd Hughes.
A proposal by St John Ambulance to reduce staff numbers will be an immense loss for both the community who use the service and the workers affected says FIRST Union, the union for Ambulance Professionals.
Last week St John Ambulance announced a proposal to reduce their workforce by 33 full time roles.
“If anything we need more ambulance professionals on the road” said Neil Chapman, FIRST Union ambulance organiser.
Only a week after Fisher and Paykel Appliances announced plans to close its Auckland appliances factory, carpet-maker Cavalier Bremworth is announcing a proposal to shift production to Napier in a move that could see up to 68 jobs go in Whanganui and a further 36 jobs go in Christchurch.
The Christchurch Radford Yarns Plant could close completely as a result of the restructure, says FIRST Union Southern Secretary Paul Watson.
The long running dispute between Auckland bus drivers and their employer is heading to the courts as FIRST Union, the union representing drivers at Howick and Eastern Buses, files two cases in the Employment Relations Authority against the East Auckland bus company for “serious and sustained” breaches of the Employment Relations Act.
The union is seeking costs and $2 million in penalties.