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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.

 

 

 

Pak’n Save workers in wage stand-off

Date of Release: 
Thursday, April 2, 2015

Low pay offers mean Pak’n Save is beginning to earn a reputation as “Pak’n Slave” says FIRST Union senior organiser Bill Bradford.

Ban employers who exploit migrant workers

Date of Release: 
Thursday, April 2, 2015

The government may need to consider greater sanctions for employers who exploit migrant workers says Union Network of Migrants (Unemig) coordinator Dennis Maga.

Rest and meal breaks restored at Cotton On

Date of Release: 
Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Workers from the Cotton On distribution centre are welcoming substantial improvements in wages and working conditions says FIRST Union General Secretary Robert Reid.

First use of the “tea break” law revealed

Date of Release: 
Monday, March 23, 2015

Cotton On, the Australian retail chain with over 80 stores in New Zealand, has become one of the first companies to try and take advantage of the new “tea break” law says FIRST Union General Secretary Robert Reid.

Workers take a stand at Pak'n Save Rotorua

Date of Release: 
Friday, March 20, 2015


Workers will hit the picket line after FIRST Union members at Pak'n Save Rotorua unanimously endorsed a call for action says FIRST Union senior organiser Bill Bradford. The demonstration against bullying and intimidation will take place outside Pak'n Save Rotorua tomorrow.

"Workers are fed up with the actions of Pak'n Save Rotorua. When FIRST Union organisers entered Pak'n Save Rotorua in early March stories of management's disregard for employment law quickly emerged" says Mr Bradford.

Workers receive conflicting advice on Cyclone Pam

Date of Release: 
Sunday, March 15, 2015

Cyclone Pam is forecast to hit the east coast of the North Island overnight and conflicting advice from local government means workers are unsure whether they should attend work tomorrow says FIRST Union General Secretary Robert Reid.

 

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