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ANZ boss tops salary survey but wants to make bank jobs insecure

Date of Release: 
Monday, September 29, 2014

As ANZ workers vote on industrial action to protect job security at the country’s most profitable bank, ANZ’s chief has topped the list of CEO’s in the annual Business Herald executive pay survey, out today.

Bank profits rosy, so why is ANZ attempting to casualise its workforce?

Date of Release: 
Thursday, September 25, 2014

As banks celebrate their windfalls today, workers at ANZ are considering going on strike to protect job security at New Zealand’s most profitable bank.

Industrial action at Refining NZ over job security and health and safety

Date of Release: 
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Members of FIRST Union and the EPMU have given notice of a 48 hour strike at the Marsden Point oil refinery.

National’s economic strategy underpinned by attacks on workers rights

Date of Release: 
Monday, September 15, 2014

The National Party’s ‘Workplaces’ policy confirms that their economic growth strategy relies on attacks on workers rights, according to FIRST Union.

National’s proposed employment law reforms includes removing the duty to conclude collective agreements, repealing the 30-day rule, letting employers opt out of multi-employer collective agreements and cutting workers’ breaks.

Forestry safety must be taken seriously

Date of Release: 
Wednesday, September 3, 2014

News that Police have arrested and charged a man with manslaughter over the death of 20-year old Lincoln Kidd shows that forestry safety must be taken seriously, according to FIRST Union.

Greens Party’s workers policy to restore link between effort and reward

Date of Release: 
Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The Green Party’s new workers policy articulates an alternative to wage repression and job insecurity based on restoring the link between effort and reward, according to FIRST Union.

Employment Charter will strengthen migrants' rights

Date of Release: 
Monday, September 1, 2014

Establishing an Employment Charter for construction companies is a critical step to strengthening the rights of migrant workers that are fast becoming the face of the Christchurch rebuild, according to an alliance of union groups.

The charter has the support of the Union Network of Migrants (UNEMIG, a division of FIRST Union), the Engineers, Printers and Manufacturers Union (EPMU), and the Council of Trade Unions (CTU), as well as industry representatives.

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.

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