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Putting Workers First

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.

 

 

 

Unions deliver the truth to Wellington Council over bus contracts

Date of Release: 
Thursday, August 25, 2016

Wellington Council have been misled regarding the effect of the newly introduced tendering process for buses, says one of the trade unions representing bus drivers.

NZ Council of Trade Unions President Richard Wagstaff delivered a letter to the Greater Wellington Regional Council today on behalf of the two bus drivers unions, Bus Drivers First and the Tramways Union, explaining the dangers of the competitive tendering process for bus services in South Auckland.

Ranfurly community to rally in support of Westpac workers

Date of Release: 
Thursday, August 25, 2016

The Ranfurly community will take a stand tomorrow afternoon against Westpac’s proposal to shut the town’s only bank.

“Westpac is consulting on a proposal to close 19 bank branches across the country, including the branch in Ranfurly,” said FIRST Union organiser Ken Young.

Staff submissions were submitted to Westpac on Wednesday. The bank is refusing to take community submissions.

“The Ranfurly community is going to send a message to Westpac and its management team. Small communities like Ranfurly need their bank branch.”

Retail workers union offers 11th hour solution on Easter trading

Date of Release: 
Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The union representing working people in retail is calling on the Government to withdraw the Shop Trading Hours Amendment Bill and convene a cross-sector working group to develop Easter trading laws the country can agree on.

The move comes after mounting opposition including pleas from a group of former All Blacks, an admission that even Deputy Prime Minister Bill English opposes reform and a 10,000-strong leaflet drop by unions in the Ohariu electorate asking residents to sign a petition calling on Peter Dunne to withdraw his support. 

Poor migration laws and flawed tendering process a toxic mix for bus drivers - union

Date of Release: 
Monday, August 22, 2016

Bus drivers could be the latest victims of poor government migration policy says Rudd Hughes, spokesperson for the Bus Drivers First section of FIRST Union.

It was reported last Friday that Go Bus, the latest winner in Auckland Transport’s ‘race to the bottom’ tendering process for bus services, had approached Immigration New Zealand about the prospect of bringing working people from the Pacific Islands into the country and offering them jobs.

“But there’s no shortage of bus drivers in Auckland,” said Hughes.

 

Stop Work Meetings 2016: dates and times

Article Date: 
Friday, August 5, 2016
DateLocationTimeVenue
Tues 2 August

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