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Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety released

Friday, May 17, 2013

The world has watched with horror as the Rana building collapse in Dhaka, Bangladesh, with a total of 1,127 dying and a further 2,500 injured. Most of those were garment workers, paid a measly 14 US cents an hour and working for major multinational brands like Bennetton, the Children’s Place, Mango, Primark and Walmart.

Kmart NZ can do better for Bangladesh workers

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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Kmart New Zealand’s refusal to join other big retailers and fashion brands in committing to a new safety accord for Bangladesh clothing workers is very disappointing, FIRST Union said today.

Youth rates decried

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Supermarket staff are going back to the bargaining table following a workers' protest to prevent youth rates being introduced in their store.

FIRST living wage victory for retail workers

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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

This morning’s announcement by The Warehouse Group of a Career Retailer Wage has been welcomed by FIRST Union, the union for retail workers.

Workers rally at Pak n Slave

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FIRST Union's Maxine Gay speaks on Radio NZ's Morning Report on Pak n Save's low wages.

FIRST Union on Marcus Lush Breakfast on RadioLIVE

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FIRST Union's Maxine Gay speaks with Marcus Lush on RadioLIVE.

Giant rat outs South Auckland’s rat supermarket employer

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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Following today’s action outside PaknSave Royal Oak, the attention turns tomorrow morning to PaknSave Manukau, where a picket will be joined by a giant inflatable rat from 8.30am.

Pak n Save workers speak out against youth rates

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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Pak n Save workers were the first to speak up against the new youth rates law which came into force today.

‘Opportunist’ introduction of youth rates won’t be taken lying down

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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

As the government’s new youth pay law comes into effect today, a large group of Auckland supermarket workers are taking action to prevent a wage cut through youth rates being introduced in their stores.

Fast food giant rejects youth rates

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Retail secretary for First Union Maxine Gay said Foodstuffs, which operates New World and Pak'n Save, have said they would be interested in greater use of youth rates. She is calling for them to join other retail giants in the rejection of youth rates.


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