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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.




Unemployment figures highlight “vulnerable” economy

Date of Release: 
Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Figures released today revealing a rise in the unemployment rate demonstrate that the government’s mismanagement of the economy is keeping the country in a low-wage, high unemployment rut says FIRST Union General Secretary Robert Reid.

“Under this government New Zealand has been a low-wage economy characterised by high levels of unemployment. The Labour Cost Index is only up a modest 1.6 percent while unemployment has risen to 5.9 percent.”

Watered down health and safety bill lets some small businesses off the hook

Date of Release: 
Friday, July 24, 2015

Despite major unions and many business associations uniting in a call for better health and safety standards, the select committee report into the Health and Safety Reform Bill reveals that the government has surrendered to pressure from a small group of irresponsible employers, says FIRST Union General Secretary Robert Reid.

“If the government was serious about improving workplace safety then the new health and safety standards would be made universal,” says Reid.


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