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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.

 

 

 

Cavalier Bremworth restructuring another blow for working people

Date of Release: 
Monday, April 18, 2016

Only a week after Fisher and Paykel Appliances announced plans to close its Auckland appliances factory, carpet-maker Cavalier Bremworth is announcing a proposal to shift production to Napier in a move that could see up to 68 jobs go in Whanganui and a further 36 jobs go in Christchurch.

The Christchurch Radford Yarns Plant could close completely as a result of the restructure, says FIRST Union Southern Secretary Paul Watson. 

Auckland bus company using ratepayers’ money to breach employment law – union

Date of Release: 
Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The long running dispute between Auckland bus drivers and their employer is heading to the courts as FIRST Union, the union representing drivers at Howick and Eastern Buses, files two cases in the Employment Relations Authority against the East Auckland bus company for “serious and sustained” breaches of the Employment Relations Act.

The union is seeking costs and $2 million in penalties.

Union welcomes Bunnings back down on in-store defibrillators

Date of Release: 
Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The union representing Bunnings workers is welcoming the company’s decision to install defibrillators in five stores, including in stores where staff-owned defibrillators were removed.

“Workers in Dunedin, Nelson and Gisborne were heartbroken when the company removed their staff-owned defibrillators,” said FIRST Union Retail and Finance Secretary Maxine Gay.

“Having a defibrillator on hand can mean the difference between life and death. Bunnings decision to remove defibrillators they didn’t own and didn’t pay to maintain never made any sense.”

Disruption at Richmond Pak’n Save as workers go on pre-Easter strike

Date of Release: 
Thursday, March 24, 2016

Workers responsible for filling shelves at the Richmond PAK’nSAVE are on strike this morninig in frustration at the supermarket’s continued refusal to bargain over pay rates and lift wages for low paid workers at the store.

Workers from the Morning Fill, Bakery and Butchery teams have walked off the job right before the busy Easter trading period

Nelson-based FIRST Union organiser Rachel Boyack says the union has been trying to negotiate a collective agreement since November last year at the region’s largest supermarket but the owner refuses to bargain over pay rates.

 

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