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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.




FIRST Union stands in solidarity with E Tū

Date of Release: 
Wednesday, October 7, 2015

FIRST Union congratulates E Tū, New Zealand’s newest and largest private sector union, on its formation.

“We believe E Tū will strengthen unionisation in the private sector,” says FIRST Union General Secretary Robert Reid.

“FIRST Union was formed in 2011 after the merger between the National Distribution Union and Finsec. FIRST, with 27,000 members across the country, continues to grow despite a harsh industrial environment.”

“We look forward to working with E Tū,” says Reid.

“We offer our congratulations, solidarity and best wishes to E Tū for the future.”

TPPA a “betrayal” – union

Date of Release: 
Tuesday, October 6, 2015

The government has betrayed the interests of working New Zealanders by signing the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), says FIRST Union General Secretary Robert Reid.

“The TPPA is a threat to our sovereignty.”

“Under the deal our ability to legislate in the public interest is compromised. Companies who believe their profits or market privileges are threatened can sue our government in secretive overseas tribunals,” says Reid.

Strike off as Toll Logistics agrees to meet workers’ demands

Date of Release: 
Tuesday, October 6, 2015

After workers commenced strike action at Toll Logistics this morning, the company has agreed to conclude a new collective agreement and settle outstanding legal cases, says FIRST Union organiser Jared Abbott.

Workers were prepared to strike until Christmas if necessary.

The new 3 year collective agreement includes back pay and a wage increase of 8 percent over 3 years.

FIRST Union looks forward to a productive relationship with the company going forward. 

Toll workers strike after underpayments and stalled wage negotiations

Date of Release: 
Monday, October 5, 2015

Over 20 striking workers from Toll Logistics in Auckland are calling on Toll Australia and owners Japan Post to immediately investigate a series of systemic breaches to their collective agreement and stalled wage negotiations that they say are giving the company a bad reputation, says FIRST Union organiser Jared Abbott.

“The workers have been negotiating with the company since May, but talks have been prolonged because Toll refuses to settle unless the union withdraws a number of proceedings it has against the company in the Employment Relations Authority.”

Bunnings workers to strike at landmark store

Date of Release: 
Saturday, October 3, 2015

After 300 Bunnings workers hit the picket line last week, workers from Bunnings New Lynn, North Shore and Glenfield will walk off the job and join community members demonstrating outside Bunning’s landmark new store in New Lynn at 11am tomorrow, says FIRST Union Retail and Finance Secretary Maxine Gay.

“Bunnings is refusing to compromise with workers. 99 percent of our members voted to reject the company’s offer, that’s a clear message that these workers want to retain a work-life balance.”

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.”


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