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

 

 

 

National’s economic strategy underpinned by attacks on workers rights

Date of Release: 
Monday, September 15, 2014

The National Party’s ‘Workplaces’ policy confirms that their economic growth strategy relies on attacks on workers rights, according to FIRST Union.

National’s proposed employment law reforms includes removing the duty to conclude collective agreements, repealing the 30-day rule, letting employers opt out of multi-employer collective agreements and cutting workers’ breaks.

Forestry safety must be taken seriously

Date of Release: 
Wednesday, September 3, 2014

News that Police have arrested and charged a man with manslaughter over the death of 20-year old Lincoln Kidd shows that forestry safety must be taken seriously, according to FIRST Union.

Greens Party’s workers policy to restore link between effort and reward

Date of Release: 
Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The Green Party’s new workers policy articulates an alternative to wage repression and job insecurity based on restoring the link between effort and reward, according to FIRST Union.

Employment Charter will strengthen migrants' rights

Date of Release: 
Monday, September 1, 2014

Establishing an Employment Charter for construction companies is a critical step to strengthening the rights of migrant workers that are fast becoming the face of the Christchurch rebuild, according to an alliance of union groups.

The charter has the support of the Union Network of Migrants (UNEMIG, a division of FIRST Union), the Engineers, Printers and Manufacturers Union (EPMU), and the Council of Trade Unions (CTU), as well as industry representatives.

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