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FIRST is the union for workers at Bunnings.

Check out the latest news below from our members at Bunnings.

Union welcomes Bunnings back down on in-store defibrillators

Date of Release: 
Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The union representing Bunnings workers is welcoming the company’s decision to install defibrillators in five stores, including in stores where staff-owned defibrillators were removed.

“Workers in Dunedin, Nelson and Gisborne were heartbroken when the company removed their staff-owned defibrillators,” said FIRST Union Retail and Finance Secretary Maxine Gay.

“Having a defibrillator on hand can mean the difference between life and death. Bunnings decision to remove defibrillators they didn’t own and didn’t pay to maintain never made any sense.”

Bunnings management removes staff-owned defribillators

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Our Dunedin organiser Shirley Walthew spoke to John Campbell about Bunnings outrageous decision to remove three staff-owned defibrillators from the Dunedin, Nelson and Gisborne stores.

Bunnings dispute heads to the Employment Relations Authority

Date of Release: 
Friday, March 18, 2016

The long running employment dispute between Bunnings and FIRST Union is heading to the Employment Relations Authority (ERA).

The development comes after Bunnings suspended hundreds of workers across the country for removing their signature aprons in a symbolic protest against the company’s repeated refusal to compromise on rostering.

“The ERA has accepted our application for facilitated bargaining. With the ERA supervising the process we’re confident we can break the deadlock on rostering,” says FIRST Union Retail and Finance Secretary Maxine Gay.

Bunnings under fire for using volunteer labour

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John Campbell spoke with Retail and Finance Secretary Maxine Gay about the ethics of paying volunteers less than the minimum wage to do work that workers usually perform. Bunnings Lyall Bay has been guilty of doing just that. 

Bunnings workers remove their aprons in nationwide strike

Date of Release: 
Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Workers from 29 Bunnings stores across the country will taking action and removing their signature aprons as part of ongoing strike action nationwide.

“Workers will replace their aprons with union stickers,” says FIRST Union Retail and Finance Secretary Maxine Gay.

“This action will likely continue until a collective agreement is settled.”

FIRST Union and Bunnings remain locked in negotiations.


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