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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.




Halloween strike as Bunnings refuses to budge on rostering

Date of Release: 
Saturday, October 31, 2015

Bunnings workers are returning to the picket line tomorrow after talks broke down on Friday as the company refused to compromise on rostering, says FIRST Union Retail and Finance Secretary Maxine Gay.

“Bunnings wants the power to demand that workers are available for work, but without guaranteeing stable rosters.”

“Rosters are currently set by mutual agreement between managers and workers, but Bunnings wants to remove that requirement and hand bosses the power to change rosters on a whim,” says Gay.

Union calls for government investigation into dodgy labour hire practices

Date of Release: 
Monday, October 26, 2015

Calls are growing for Employment Relations Minister Michael Woodhouse to urgently audit labour hire companies as reports emerge of exploitation and non-compliance.  

“Labour hire is common practice in the logistics industry,” says FIRST Union Transport and Logistics Secretary Karl Andersen.

“Through our Logistics Workers’ Network we’re receiving alarming reports of employment law breaches.”

“Workers have come to us with evidence that some labour hire companies are not paying public holiday rates or sick leave.”

Strikes continue as Bunnings workers reject rostering proposals

Date of Release: 
Friday, October 23, 2015
After a national strike in September and a store shutdown at Bunnings New Lynn, workers from Bunnings stores in Dunedin and Christchurch (Shirley) are striking from 11am to 1pm today, says FIRST Union organiser David Bristow. 
“Bunnings is proposing a collective agreement that will mean workers lose the power to set their own rosters.”
“The company wants workers to be available for work, but without guaranteeing stable rosters,” says Bristow. 
“Under Bunning’s proposal a worker’s start and finish times could ch


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