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85 more jobs killed by the NZ dollar - Christchurch textile firm in receivership

Date of Release: 
Saturday, April 12, 2014

News that the high New Zealand dollar has claimed another textile firm has come as a huge shock to those affected, FIRST Union said on Saturday.

Minimum wage increase too low

Date of Release: 
Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Low income families struggling with high costs have been let down by today’s minimum wage increase, FIRST Union says.

Sad day for 120 Hamilton food manufacturing workers

Date of Release: 
Thursday, March 27, 2014

Tomorrow is a sad day for 120 Huttons workers in Hamilton who will have their last day at work.

Red Stag announcement shows up stark contrasts in wood policies

Date of Release: 
Thursday, March 20, 2014

A signal of increased investment from Rotorua company Red Stag Timber is very positive news, especially following the loss of 120 jobs from the closure of Tachikawa Forest Products, the union for wood processing workers says.

Forestry union welcomes Labour’s wood sector policy

Date of Release: 
Wednesday, March 19, 2014

FIRST Union, the union representing forestry and wood sector workers, welcomes the release of the Labour Party’s Forestry and Wood Products Economic Upgrade today.

National’s priorities way off the mark with work rights bill

Date of Release: 
Wednesday, March 19, 2014

If National spent as much time working on improving wages as they spend making it harder for workers to bargain collectively we would all be much better off, FIRST Union said today.

Sharing the benefits of economic growth

Date of Release: 
Friday, March 14, 2014

David Cunliffe’s signal that a new government will have a plan for our industries and ensure that the benefits of economic growth will be better shared is welcome news for workers, FIRST Union said today.

Wealthy banks can better support staff

Date of Release: 
Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Big profits at New Zealand’s banks show they have ample room in coming weeks to improve pay and bring in less stressful working conditions, the bank workers’ union said today.

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