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MembersThe National Distribution Union and Finsec joined forces on 1 October 2011 to form one of New Zealand’s newest unions – FIRST Union. 

We are 27,000 workers in Finance, Industrial (Textile and Wood) Retail, Stores & Transport, who have come together to get a better deal at work.

If you’re not a member of the union, join today to win higher pay, better conditions and have more say at work.

Read the articles below to read about what's happening in FIRST Union, or click here to view all the latest news.

 

 

 

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.

 

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