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‘Out of touch’ Government blocks Easter trading petition in Parliament

Date of Release: 
Wednesday, June 29, 2016

The union representing retail workers is warning that the Government is out of touch with working people after passing the second reading of the Shop Trading Hours Amendment Bill, a law handing local authorities the power to permit trading on Easter Sunday.

‘New Zealanders are only guaranteed three and a half days off each year. We should protect that, not reduce it,’ said FIRST Union Retail and Finance Secretary Maxine Gay.

Long running Auckland bus dispute settled

Date of Release: 
Friday, June 3, 2016

After months of deadlock, an 11th hour agreement has been reached between the union representing drivers at Howick and Eastern Buses and the company.

Bus Drivers First organiser Rudd Hughes credits the assistance of the mediation service for the settlement. 

“We managed to avert strike action and reach agreement thanks to a mediator thinking ‘outside the box’ to bring the company back to the table.”

The break through comes after a favourable variation was made to the company’s offer.

Strikes return at Auckland bus company

Date of Release: 
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Commuters on Howick and Eastern Bus services might find their travel plans disrupted as FIRST Union members at the company take strike action after the company withdrew a last minute offer reached in mediated bargaining.

‘With the help of a mediator the two parties reached a tentative agreement that the drivers were ready to vote on. But just before the vote took place the company wrote to the union with a completely different and far less favourable offer,’ said Bus Drivers’ First spokesperson Rudd Hughes.

Ambulance services need urgent funding boost – union

Date of Release: 
Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The union representing New Zealand’s ambulance professional’s is warning the government that without an immediate funding boost patients’ lives will be put at risk.

“Single-crewing in provincial areas is causing tremendous stress for ambulance professionals,” said Ambulance Professionals First spokesperson Neil Chapman.

Ambulances in urban areas are double-crewed, but ambulances in provincial areas are often single-crewed, despite the greater distance to hospitals and back up.

Bidvest deliveries to stop as workers take action

Date of Release: 
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Drivers and store workers at the South African-owned food distribution company Bidvest are taking strike action as the company refuses to negotiate a wage increase for workers in the Hawkes Bay.

Approximately 15 workers responsible for around 80% of the company’s deliveries in the Hawkes Bay region will take a series of strike actions over the coming weeks.

“These drivers and storeman work their guts out for this company and they deserve a pay rise to reflect that,” said FIRST Union organiser Mike McNab.

Ambulance service cuts will hurt – union

Date of Release: 
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

A proposal by St John Ambulance to reduce staff numbers will be an immense loss for both the community who use the service and the workers affected says FIRST Union, the union for Ambulance Professionals.

Last week St John Ambulance announced a proposal to reduce their workforce by 33 full time roles.

“If anything we need more ambulance professionals on the road” said Neil Chapman, FIRST Union ambulance organiser.

Cavalier Bremworth restructuring another blow for working people

Date of Release: 
Monday, April 18, 2016

Only a week after Fisher and Paykel Appliances announced plans to close its Auckland appliances factory, carpet-maker Cavalier Bremworth is announcing a proposal to shift production to Napier in a move that could see up to 68 jobs go in Whanganui and a further 36 jobs go in Christchurch.

The Christchurch Radford Yarns Plant could close completely as a result of the restructure, says FIRST Union Southern Secretary Paul Watson. 

Auckland bus company using ratepayers’ money to breach employment law – union

Date of Release: 
Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The long running dispute between Auckland bus drivers and their employer is heading to the courts as FIRST Union, the union representing drivers at Howick and Eastern Buses, files two cases in the Employment Relations Authority against the East Auckland bus company for “serious and sustained” breaches of the Employment Relations Act.

The union is seeking costs and $2 million in penalties.

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