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Pak’n Save workers in wage stand-off

Date of Release: 
Thursday, April 2, 2015

Low pay offers mean Pak’n Save is beginning to earn a reputation as “Pak’n Slave” says FIRST Union senior organiser Bill Bradford.

Workers take a stand at Pak'n Save Rotorua

Date of Release: 
Friday, March 20, 2015

Workers will hit the picket line after FIRST Union members at Pak'n Save Rotorua unanimously endorsed a call for action says FIRST Union senior organiser Bill Bradford. The demonstration against bullying and intimidation will take place outside Pak'n Save Rotorua tomorrow.

"Workers are fed up with the actions of Pak'n Save Rotorua. When FIRST Union organisers entered Pak'n Save Rotorua in early March stories of management's disregard for employment law quickly emerged" says Mr Bradford.

Secure Our Hours

You might have noticed that casual, low and zero hours contracts are on the rise at Countdown. More and more members from Countdown are coming forward with their concerns. Members are alarmed at:

Stop ratting on Porirua

Article Date: 
Friday, November 14, 2014

Workers at Porirua PAK’nSAVE are inviting community supporters to join them this weekend at a picket outside the supermarket.

Retail union celebrates reinstatement of worker wrongfully dismissed

Date of Release: 
Thursday, October 16, 2014

The retail union is celebrating the successful reinstatement of one of its members after the Employment Court found The Warehouse badly handled a letter from what the Court described as an “an irate customer whose mood had gone beyond irrationality.”

Union shocked at Postie Announcement

Date of Release: 
Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The announcement of Postie Plus Group Limited (Administrators appointed) late Wednesday that it is closing 12 stores and making 64 staff redundant has been greeted with shock by FIRST Union, which represents Postie Plus workers.

“What has happened is highly irregular,” said Robert Reid, General Secretary of FIRST Union.

Union applauds NZ supermarkets’ stance on slavery

Date of Release: 
Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The union representing retail workers applauds both New Zealand supermarket chains (Progressive Enterprises’ Countdown and Foodstuffs’ New World and Pak’n’Save) for taking a strong stance against alleged slave labour in global prawn supply chains.

Postie Plus Group’s administrator must put workers first

Date of Release: 
Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The union representing retail workers is saddened but not surprised by today’s announcement that Postie has gone into voluntary administration.

There are 82 Postie stores nationwide, and existing employees have been told that they will remain in their current roles and will continue to work agreed hours unless otherwise advised.

“This does not come as a surprise to us,” said Maxine Gay, Retail Secretary at FIRST Union. “The last few years have been hard on the Postie Plus Group, and they have struggled to deal with serious supply chain issues.”

A CoOL Policy

Date of Release: 
Thursday, May 8, 2014

FIRST Union has congratulated Labour MP, Damien O’Connor, for introducing an amendment to the Food Bill that would see New Zealand introducing Country of Origin Labelling (CoOL) for all food sold in New Zealand.

Stars in her eyes, feet on the ground

Article Date: 
Monday, April 21, 2014

While Zita Smith may have stars in her eyes, the Loss Prevention Officer at The Warehouse Napier also has her feet firmly planted in the ground of her community.


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