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International Transport Workers Congress 2014

Article Date: 
Wednesday, May 21, 2014

FIRST Union actively participates in global union bodies that represent our members on the international stage.

Through our transport, logistics and bus members, we affiliate to the International Transport Workers Federation.

Impromptu picket of BP Greenlane today

Article Date: 
Thursday, May 8, 2014

Impromptu picket of BP Greenlane a short time ago. 

May Day 2014

Article Date: 
Thursday, May 1, 2014

On May Day we salute the work of thousands of FIRST Union members in organising together for a better deal on the job. 

Australian banks make more out of Kiwi customers

Article Date: 
Wednesday, April 30, 2014

New Zealand’s big Australian-owned banks are making more out of their Kiwi customers than their Aussie customers, according to a report in the New Zealand Herald.

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Campaigns

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

2014 Rich List paints picture of inequality denial

Date of Release: 
Friday, August 1, 2014

The National Business Review’s 2014 Rich List is a stark reminder of the growing inequality in New Zealand, according to FIRST Union.

This year is the first time the combined wealth of New Zealand’s Rich-Listers has passed $50 billion, more than doubling the combined wealth of Rich-Listers just a decade ago.

“What we’re seeing here is a society in a state of inequality denial, propagated by a government of inequality deniers”, said FIRST Union General Secretary Robert Reid.

Labour Party’s employment reforms show commitment to tackling inequality

Date of Release: 
Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The NZ Labour Party’s just-announced industrial relations agenda demonstrates a clear commitment to tackling the growing inequality in New Zealand and restore democracy to our workplaces, according to FIRST Union.

The agenda features a $2 an hour boost to the minimum wage in the first year (with a view to raising it to two-thirds of average wage by the end of their second term), a Commission of Inquiry into wages and collective bargaining and a review of NZ’s health and safety law, including further funding for Worksafe.

UNEMIG: Disgraced hotel operator still hasn’t learned

Date of Release: 
Friday, July 25, 2014

A publicly disgraced Auckland hotel is still not paying their workers the minimum wage, according to the Union Network of Migrants (UNEMIG).

Last week the Employment Relations Authority ordered Harbour Oaks hotel to pay workers Nancy and Abraham Agustin nearly $80,000, having not paid their minimum entitlements since the beginning of their employment in 2011, illegally withholding wages, and requiring them to work public holidays without paying penal rates or giving lieu days.

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