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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 backs community calls to lift refugee intake

Date of Release: 
Friday, September 18, 2015

New Zealand’s second-largest private sector union is backing calls to significantly lift the refugee intake amidst reports that a family of climate change refugees could be deported within the next week.

“We’re standing in solidarity with refugees across the world,” says FIRST Union Secretary Robert Reid.

“The apparent decision to deport a family of climate change refugees before their case is heard at the United Nations is unethical. It isn’t in the spirit of social justice.”

Single crewing tragedy highlights need for inquiry

Date of Release: 
Thursday, September 10, 2015

The release of the Health and Disability Commissioner’s report into the death of an elderly woman in a single crewed ambulance highlights the need for an inquiry into single crewing, says FIRST Union National Ambulance Co-Ordinator Neil Chapman.

“We need an urgent inquiry into the dangers of single crewing. Without that second pair of hands both the paramedic and the patient are put at risk.”

Union welcomes prosecution in the Masala case

Date of Release: 
Tuesday, September 8, 2015

The guilty plea from two managers of the popular Indian restaurant chain Masala will act as a warning to other unscrupulous managers, says Union Network of Migrants (UNEMIG) co-ordinator Dennis Maga.

“UNEMIG commends the Labour Inspectorate’s work in bringing charges against the two managers. This is a warning for other unscrupulous employers.”

Warehouse workers still striking after low wage offer

Date of Release: 
Friday, September 4, 2015

After strikes at the Warehouse Manukau, Blenheim and New Lynn, workers at the Warehouse Rotorua will walk off the job at 12pm today says FIRST Union organiser Dennis Maga.

Bunnings workers vote for strike action

Date of Release: 
Thursday, September 3, 2015

Workers at Bunnings Mount Maunganui are walking off the job at 1pm today after learning that the company is proposing a change which will remove the right to determine their start and finish times, says FIRST Union Retail and Finance Secretary Maxine Gay.

“While most companies are scrambling to remove this sort of insecure work model, Bunnings is taking off in the other direction.”


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