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Retail workers in the union have won higher rates of pay and better working conditions.

Maxine Gay is the Secretary of the Retail sector of FIRST Union.

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  • Union drive a success in Invercargill

    Date of Release: 
    Monday, November 23, 2015

    The retail workers’ union is thrilled with the success of its membership drive at Invercargill Pak’n Save as new members prepare to meet and develop their negotiation claims for the first time, says FIRST Union South Island organiser Ken Young. 

    “We’ve always had lower union density in the South Island and that’s meant poorer pay and conditions for South Island workers compared with their North Island counterparts.”

  • Bunnings Dunedin workers strike during stocktake

    Date of Release: 
    Tuesday, November 10, 2015

    Workers from Bunnings Dunedin will walk off the job at 3pm today in protest at the company’s refusal to compromise on rosters.

    “Rosters are currently set with mutual agreement between managers and workers. That’s a fair system because it gives both sides an equal say,” says FIRST Union Dunedin organiser Shirley Walthew.

    “But Bunnings wants to remove mutual agreement and hand bosses the power to unilaterally impose rosters.”

    “This is going to put family time at risk. How are you meant to plan for things like childcare when you’ve lost control over your roster?”

  • South Island Pak’n Save and New World workers to be unionised

    Date of Release: 
    Friday, November 6, 2015

    The retail workers’ union is about to begin recruiting members in Foodstuffs franchises across the South Island in an effort to lift pay and conditions to match those in the North Island.

    According to FIRST Union National Organiser Bill Bradford, Foodstuff’s South Island stores have traditionally been difficult to deal with. 

    “Franchise owners in South Island Pak’n Save and New World stores tend to frown on workers who join the union.”

  • Halloween strike as Bunnings refuses to budge on rostering

    Date of Release: 
    Saturday, October 31, 2015

    Bunnings workers are returning to the picket line tomorrow after talks broke down on Friday as the company refused to compromise on rostering, says FIRST Union Retail and Finance Secretary Maxine Gay.

    “Bunnings wants the power to demand that workers are available for work, but without guaranteeing stable rosters.”

    “Rosters are currently set by mutual agreement between managers and workers, but Bunnings wants to remove that requirement and hand bosses the power to change rosters on a whim,” says Gay.

  • Strikes continue as Bunnings workers reject rostering proposals

    Date of Release: 
    Friday, October 23, 2015
    After a national strike in September and a store shutdown at Bunnings New Lynn, workers from Bunnings stores in Dunedin and Christchurch (Shirley) are striking from 11am to 1pm today, says FIRST Union organiser David Bristow. 
    “Bunnings is proposing a collective agreement that will mean workers lose the power to set their own rosters.”
    “The company wants workers to be available for work, but without guaranteeing stable rosters,” says Bristow. 
    “Under Bunning’s proposal a worker’s start and finish times could ch


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