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New benefits with First Credit Union

Article Date: 
Tuesday, April 28, 2015

ABOUT

Many FIRST Union members will remember United Credit Union (UCU), but on 1 February 2015 UCU members joined forces with First Credit Union.  UCU is now First Credit Union. 

UCU was formed in 1938 as the Post Office Investment Society, a non-profit co-operative bank.

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.

TPPA - Kiwis fight back on November 8

Article Date: 
Tuesday, November 4, 2014

On 8 November 2014 Kiwis will kickstart the global day of action against the TPPA - the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement.

TPPA poses an enormous threat to NZ’s ability to regulate for itself, and gives foreign investors and multinationals new rights to control our laws.

On November 8 - Kiwis fight back!

Details of the event nearest you are below:

Do you want to change the world?

Article Date: 
Friday, October 31, 2014

FIRST Union is running an Organising School from the second week of February 2015, in Auckland.

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Campaigns

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:

Get Out And Vote

Nearly a third of Kiwis didn’t vote in the last election. That’s not good for our democracy. But if we work together, we can help turn that around in 2014.

Pay Equity Challenge

FIRST Union is a member of the Pay Equity Challenge coalition - a broad coalition of community, employer, union, and academic groups who are committed to putting pay equity issues back on the Government’s, and New Zealand’s, agenda.

FIRST Union Media Releases

New Zealand union goes global

Date of Release: 
Monday, June 22, 2015

FIRST Union, New Zealand’s second largest private sector union, is going international with the launch of Samoa’s only private sector union, Samoa First Union.

“Samoa First Union is building on the legacy of former private sector unions like the old National Union of Workers,” says Samoa First Union co-ordinator Jerome Mika, “but our union differs because we have the benefit of support from an established union in New Zealand.”

“This means Samoa First Union will be sustainable.”

Secret trade negotiation a backdoor to deregulation

Date of Release: 
Thursday, June 4, 2015

This morning’s leak of documents from the highly secretive Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) negotiations are a backdoor to widespread deregulation, according to FIRST Union General Secretary Robert Reid.

“The documents demonstrate that the government is trying to lock New Zealanders out from deciding how services are regulated, including in FIRST Union’s coverage areas of finance and transport, as well as telecommunications, post and the professions.”

Bank workers' union and community unite to keep open Ruatōria’s last bank

Date of Release: 
Friday, May 29, 2015

If Westpac decides to close its Ruatōria branch, locals will have to drive 200 kilometres to reach the nearest bank says FIRST Union President Syd Keepa.

“We’re standing with the affected workers and the local community to keep their bank branch open.”

“Westpac is the last bank on the rural East Coast. If the bean counters in Auckland or Sydney decide to close the branch then locals are left without banking options,” says Keepa.  

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