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Countdown and Woolworths

FIRST is the union for workers at Countdown and Woolworths supermarkets.

Check out the latest news below from our members in Countdown and Woolworths.

Difficult bargaining in retail chains

Article Date: 
Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Bargaining in most of the major retail chains this year has been protracted and stressful for members according to FIRST Union Retail Sector Secretary Maxine Gay.

Record membership at Countdown

Article Date: 
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Union membership at Countdown stores has hit its highest numbers - with now 6100 union members in 168 Countdown stores.

Countdown wages going up again

Article Date: 
Monday, February 11, 2013

Countdown workers’ wages are going up again, by 3 per cent.

In January the final instalment of a two year deal that saw wages rise by 10% in 4 stages was paid out to workers.

Union members get their payrise two months early.

Countdown Kilbirne worker Cheryl says it’s been good getting regular payrises and it makes workers feel valued.

Forum discusses change of hours, liquor & tobacco sales

Article Date: 
Monday, May 21, 2012

FIRST Union  delegates met with Countown management at the end of last month, to discuss important issues for staff at the Joint Consultative Forum.

Huge numbers applying for jobs in new supermarkets

Article Date: 
Monday, April 30, 2012

Hundreds of people have been applying for jobs in yet to be completed new supermarkets in a sign that finding a job is still very, very tough. 1300 people have applied for 100 jobs for the new Countdown Dunedin South, while 600 applications have come in for 100 jobs at the new Countdown in Kelvin Grove, Palmerston North.

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