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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.

No more Pak n Slaves

Article Date: 
Monday, July 1, 2013

FIRST Union members in several Pak’nSave stores have had to stand firm to improve on nil pay offers and fight off determined efforts to reduce their conditions of employment.

Improvement for casuals at Kmart

Article Date: 
Sunday, June 30, 2013

Concerns over the high use of casual workers at Kmart have been addressed at collective bargaining through the introduction of a new role – that of a permanent part time flexi worker who has no fixed hours but is guaranteed no less than two five hour shifts per week.

20 cents wont pay the bills

Friday, August 16, 2013

FIRST Union members at Pak n Save Mangere took action last weekend for a decent pay rise.

Protest organisers said everybody has to eat, and so owning a Pak n Save is like having a license to print money. 

Pak n Save Mangere’s owner is getting wealthier off the back of the workers who do the long hard grind of stocking the shelves and serving the customers seven days a week, but the pay is so low they struggle to feed their families.

When they asked for a pay rise to help pay the bills he offered them a miserly 20 cents an hour.

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

Date of Release: 
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.


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