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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.

 

 

 

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. 

 

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