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Minimum wage increase too low

Date of Release: 
Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Low income families struggling with high costs have been let down by today’s minimum wage increase, FIRST Union says.

Economy is growing - but who is benefiting?

Article Date: 
Thursday, March 20, 2014

“Yes, there is growth in the economy, but the big question now is who will benefit from it”, says Council of Trade Unions Economist Bill Rosenberg. 

OCR rise no help to workers

Friday, March 14, 2014

The Reserve Bank announced this week its decision to raise the Official Cash Rate a quarter point to 2.75%, with expected increases again in April, June and July. This likely equates to a full percentage point by the time of the election, and as much as 2 percentage points by the end of 2015.

RBNZ Governor Graeme Wheeler justified the decision with the threat of inflation, arguing that “while headline inflation has been moderate, inflationary pressures are increasing and are expected to continue to do so over the next two years.”

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.


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