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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.

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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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

FIRST Union stands in solidarity with E Tū

Date of Release: 
Wednesday, October 7, 2015

FIRST Union congratulates E Tū, New Zealand’s newest and largest private sector union, on its formation.

“We believe E Tū will strengthen unionisation in the private sector,” says FIRST Union General Secretary Robert Reid.

“FIRST Union was formed in 2011 after the merger between the National Distribution Union and Finsec. FIRST, with 27,000 members across the country, continues to grow despite a harsh industrial environment.”

“We look forward to working with E Tū,” says Reid.

“We offer our congratulations, solidarity and best wishes to E Tū for the future.”

Strike off as Toll Logistics agrees to meet workers’ demands

Date of Release: 
Tuesday, October 6, 2015

After workers commenced strike action at Toll Logistics this morning, the company has agreed to conclude a new collective agreement and settle outstanding legal cases, says FIRST Union organiser Jared Abbott.

Workers were prepared to strike until Christmas if necessary.

The new 3 year collective agreement includes back pay and a wage increase of 8 percent over 3 years.

FIRST Union looks forward to a productive relationship with the company going forward. 

TPPA a “betrayal” – union

Date of Release: 
Tuesday, October 6, 2015

The government has betrayed the interests of working New Zealanders by signing the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), says FIRST Union General Secretary Robert Reid.

“The TPPA is a threat to our sovereignty.”

“Under the deal our ability to legislate in the public interest is compromised. Companies who believe their profits or market privileges are threatened can sue our government in secretive overseas tribunals,” says Reid.

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