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T&LOver 8,000 workers in road transport, stores, warehousing and logistics come together in the Transport & Logistics sector of FIRST Union.

We have Industry Councils which drive the work of our union in Transport & Logistics

Karl Andersen is the Secretary of FIRST Union's Transport & Logistics sector.

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Check out the latest news below from our transport and logistics workers:

Tanker driver strike unlikely, company meets workers’ demands

Date of Release: 
Wednesday, September 30, 2015

After the prospect of a four-day tanker driver strike, Pacific Fuel Haul is backing down and has agreed to meet workers’ demands, says FIRST Union organiser Jared Abbott.

“It’s now unlikely that the planned tanker driver strike will go ahead.”

“The company has now agreed to reinstate a previously agreed offer that they had reneged on,” says Abbott.

“The offer will see tanker drivers who deliver fuel to Z and Caltex earn increases of up to 18 percent over 3 years with back pay from August 1.”

Tanker drivers planning strike, North Island fuel supply to be affected

Date of Release: 
Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Tanker drivers across the country are planning to strike after their employer, Pacific Fuel Haul, pulled out of an agreed settlement for the second time, says FIRST Union organiser Jared Abbott.

“The workers are calling on the company to make good on its word and settle the agreement.”

“Reneging once could be put down to a mistake, but reneging twice is just bad faith,” says Abbott.

“The workers have now been left with no choice. Striking is the only way the company will return to the table and make good on its promise to settle an agreement.”

Single crewing tragedy highlights need for inquiry

Date of Release: 
Thursday, September 10, 2015

The release of the Health and Disability Commissioner’s report into the death of an elderly woman in a single crewed ambulance highlights the need for an inquiry into single crewing, says FIRST Union National Ambulance Co-Ordinator Neil Chapman.

“We need an urgent inquiry into the dangers of single crewing. Without that second pair of hands both the paramedic and the patient are put at risk.”

Marsden Point oil refinery announces spectacular half-year result amid low wage offer

Date of Release: 
Thursday, August 20, 2015

While the New Zealand Refining Company Limited posts a spectacular half-year profit, a union representing workers at the site is questioning whether a proposed 0.5% pay rise is all the company can afford.

“Despite announcing a healthy half-year result, the Marsden Point bargaining team is only offering workers a miserly 0.5 percent pay rise,” says FIRST Union organiser Jared Abbott.

Karl Andersen on safety standards

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Our Transport and Logistics Secretary, Karl Andersen, spoke to the New Zealand Herald about the urgent need for clear safety standards in the waste and rubbish collection industry. 

There have been 11 deaths in the industry since 2001.


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