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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.




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.”

Homelessness report a call to action – union

Date of Release: 
Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The Salvation Army’s recently released report into homelessness in Auckland is a call to action over the housing crisis, says FIRST Union General Secretary Robert Reid.

“The high cost of housing means more and more working people and their families are struggling to make ends meet.”

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.”

Zero hours bill a sham – union

Date of Release: 
Thursday, November 5, 2015

The government’s Employment Standards Bill does not abolish the punitive aspects of zero hour contracts but entrenches them, according to a major private sector union.

“The Workplace Relations Minister is making an art of the political U-turn. After promising to ban the punitive aspects of zero hour contracts, he is delivering a Bill that will entrench them,” says FIRST Union General Secretary Robert Reid.

Linfox workers strike as managers start work

Date of Release: 
Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Linfox workers strike as managers start work on the distribution centre floor


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