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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.

One year on: progress made to prevent another Rana Plaza tragedy

Date of Release: 
Thursday, April 24, 2014

An official from one of the two global union bodies that negotiated the Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety, currently visiting New Zealand, says that the Accord continues to make big steps forward to ensure that no such tragedy happens again.

Families before commerce at Easter

Date of Release: 
Friday, April 18, 2014

The retail workers’ union has hit back at critics of New Zealand's modest Easter trading restrictions.

Foodstuffs workers to picket Botany Pak n Save

Date of Release: 
Friday, December 6, 2013

Workers at the Botany Downs Pak n Save supermarket will protest outside their workplace at 1.30 pm on Saturday December 7.

Difficult bargaining in retail chains

Article Date: 
Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Bargaining in most of the major retail chains this year has been protracted and stressful for members according to FIRST Union Retail Sector Secretary Maxine Gay.


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