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Many households just keeping head above water

Date of Release: 
Thursday, November 28, 2013

Latest household income and expenditure figures show many New Zealand families are just keeping their heads above water, FIRST Union said today.

Regional conferences underway

Friday, October 18, 2013

FIRST Union’s regional conferences are underway, with a good turnout from finance sector delegates.

39 finance sector members have participated so far in the first three conferences, with one more in Hamilton to come this Tuesday.

Westpac’s Maxine Mullen has been elected as the Central / Southern Finance Sector Rep onto our union’s National Executive and ANZ’s Graeme Lee was elected unopposed for the Northern seat.

Regional conferences take place in alternate years to our national conference, and are in Christchurch, Palmerston North, Hamilton and Auckland.


New report finds 635,000 insecure workers in New Zealand

Friday, October 11, 2013

“Whether we call it casualisation, precarious work, temporary, or non-standard work – it means that workers have worse conditions, less security, less say, and are more vulnerable,” said CTU President Helen Kelly at the CTU’s Biennial Conference this week.

Under Pressure: Insecure work in New Zealand

Article Date: 
Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Insecure and precarious work is growing - at least 30% of New Zealand’s workers – over 635,000 people – are in insecure work.

It’s Not Democracy; It’s Not Right

Friday, October 4, 2013

While APEC trade ministers meet in Bali this week, NZ celebrities have spoken out in a video this week urging kiwis to sign a petition demanding the New Zealand government release the text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA).

TPPA is a trade, investment and economic integration agreement being negotiated in secret by 12 countries Asia-Pacific countries, including New Zealand, the United States, Malaysia, Japan and Mexico.

Working families are still struggling

Article Date: 
Friday, October 4, 2013

Working families are still struggling to make ends meet, despite a rise in incomes reported this morning.

Union stalwart retires

Article Date: 
Monday, July 1, 2013

FIRST Union Operations Manager Jennifer Francis has retired after many years of faithful work for the union.

Taking the union to the people

Article Date: 
Monday, July 1, 2013

When the CTU Runanga held its quarterly meeting in Gisborne in May this year it was all over the local news.

Kiwi celebs call for release of the TPPA text: video & petition

Article Date: 
Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Prominent New Zealand actors, musicians and media commentators are calling for the government to release the draft text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA).

Give Us a Break - the National Tea Break of Action

Article Date: 
Thursday, September 26, 2013

National's work rights law changes remove some of our most basic rights at work. 

They are even planning to take away workers’ guaranteed right to a tea break!


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