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IRIS Superannuation Scheme 2016 Annual Report

Article Date: 
Thursday, October 13, 2016

The scheme’s Annual Report for the year to 31 March 2016 is out now. 

The Annual Report shows the financial position of the scheme at 31 March and how well the investments have performed during the financial year.

Stop Work Meetings 2016: dates and times

Article Date: 
Friday, August 5, 2016
Tues 2 August

New benefits with First Credit Union

Article Date: 
Tuesday, April 28, 2015


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.

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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

Funding crisis forces ambulance staff to strike

Date of Release: 
Monday, October 17, 2016

Over 1000 Ambulance officers across New Zealand have issued a 14 day notice of industrial action at St John Ambulance.  

The strike comes after an attempt by St John to squeeze more out of already stretched front-line staff.Ambulance Professionals First co-ordinator Lynette Blacklaws said the strike is for the safety of staff and their patients. 

“Taking a stand is the most responsible thing we can do.”

Strike: Disruption expected to Thin Lizzy supply as workers take action

Date of Release: 
Monday, October 10, 2016


Distribution centre workers at Brand Developers TV Shop, the company supplying Thin Lizzy products and selling popular advertorial brands like the Transforma Ladder, will return to the picket line after executive director Paul Meier failed to return to the negotiating table with an acceptable offer of secure work hours and fair pay.

“Today’s strike coincides with a stocktake. We expect disruption to supply. No one wanted it to come to this but the company is leaving the workers with no choice,” said FIRST Union organiser Kate Davis.

Company directors must be held to account for exam failures – migrant workers’ network

Date of Release: 
Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The directors of the International Academy of New Zealand (IANZ), an Auckland-based education provider accused of falsifying English language test results, should be held responsible for poor exam results, a migrant workers’ advocate said.

“After sitting an official re-exam up to 70 IANZ students have fallen well short of passing,” said Union Network of Migrants (UNEMIG) co-ordinator Dennis Maga.

“Now the students are at risk of being deported.”

“This never should have happened. The Government needs to step in and regulate the education market,” said Maga.

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