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MembersThe National Distribution Union and Finsec joined forces on 1 October 2011 to form one of New Zealand’s newest unions – 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.

 

 

 

Company directors must be held to account for exam failures – migrant workers’ network

Date of Release: 
Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The directors of the International Academy of New Zealand (IANZ), an Auckland-based education provider accused of falsifying English language test results, should be held responsible for poor exam results, a migrant workers’ advocate said.

“After sitting an official re-exam up to 70 IANZ students have fallen well short of passing,” said Union Network of Migrants (UNEMIG) co-ordinator Dennis Maga.

“Now the students are at risk of being deported.”

“This never should have happened. The Government needs to step in and regulate the education market,” said Maga.

Bank branch closures roundup: Westpac closes 19, ANZ looks at closing 7

Date of Release: 
Thursday, September 22, 2016
  • Westpac confirms it will close nineteen branches across the country;
  • ANZ closes its Ngaruawahia branch and is consulting on plans to close six more branches;
  • The bank workers union says many of its members are nervous about their futures and asking ‘who’s next?’

The bank workers union says its members at the country’s major banks fear for their futures after Westpac confirmed it will close nineteen branches across New Zealand.

“Our members in the branches are asking ‘who’s next,’” said FIRST Union national organiser Tali Williams.

ANZ closes Ngaruawahia branch… then proposes two more branch closures

Date of Release: 
Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The union representing working people at the country’s major banks says ANZ has confirmed it will close the Ngaruawahia branch while proposing closures at a further two branches.

This comes only a week after the bank proposed closures at the Massey University branch in Palmerston North, Milton, Otorohanga and Te Aroha branches.

“ANZ is consulting on another proposal to close branches in the heartland, this time in Hokitika and Waitara,” said FIRST Union national organiser Tali Williams.

Five more heartland bank branches could close, this time at ANZ

Date of Release: 
Wednesday, September 14, 2016

ANZ is consulting on a proposal to close five branches across the country, said the union representing working people in the country’s major banks. 

“ANZ is consulting on a proposal that could see five communities lose their bank branch,” said FIRST Union national organiser Tali Williams.

The branches are Massey University in Palmerston North, Milton (50 kilometres south of Dunedin), Ngaruawahia, Otorohanga and Te Aroha.

Employer greed, not worker laziness, driving record immigration numbers - union

Date of Release: 
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
A union representing working people in the wood industry is disputing Prime Minister John Key’s assertion that immigration is needed to fill jobs New Zealanders are too lazy to perform. 
 
“Employers who prefer migrant workers over local workers often do so out of greed,” said FIRST Union General Secretary Robert Reid.
 
“Everyone is entitled to work, but many employers know that competition between local workers and migrant workers helps keep wages low.”
 
“And sometimes it’s more brutal than that.

Easter Trading Bill: Government gives working people the middle finger

Date of Release: 
Monday, September 5, 2016

The union representing working people in the retail industry is condemning the Government for whipping its MPs to pass the controversial Shop Trading Hours Amendment Bill.

The Bill passed 62-59 as union officials and former heavyweight boxer David Tua looked on. The Bill’s passage came after a 5000-strong petition to Peter Dunne asking him to vote against the Bill, a 10,000-strong leaflet drop in his Ohariu electorate, an admission that Deputy Prime Minister Bill English opposes reform and opposition from a group of former All Blacks.

 

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