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Putting Workers First

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.

 

 

 

Regulate "wild west" labour hire industry – union

Date of Release: 
Wednesday, November 2, 2016

A union representing approximately 2000 labour hire workers in the logistics industry is calling on the Government to urgently introduce a licensing system in an effort to regulate the “wild west” industry. 

The call for a licensing system comes after NewsHub revealed that Work and Income New Zealand has, according to one person, “coerced” unemployed workers to sign unlawful employment contracts with labour hire firms.

Controversy at new South Auckland bus operator

Date of Release: 
Monday, October 31, 2016

Drivers are resigning from new South Auckland bus operator Go Bus sighting unsafe conditions of work as the reason, says Bus Drivers First.

Go Bus Ltd begins operations in South Auckland today, having won the Auckland Transport tender to drive new routes in the city. Around five drivers have resigned before operations began sighting safety concerns at the company. 

Traffic management, no toilet facilities, and no induction training are some of the concerns being raised.

‘It’s an accident waiting to happen,’ said one driver who does not wish to be named.

Ambos alter strike plans

Date of Release: 
Monday, October 31, 2016

Ambulance professionals across the country have agreed to alter their strike plans as a gesture to reassure any worried members of the public.

Ambulance Professionals First spokesperson Lynette Blacklaws says some aspects of the action will still go ahead, but the proposed paperwork ban has been temporarily withdrawn to reassure the public there will be no risk to patient safety.

“Patient safety is the top priority for Ambulance professionals,” said Ms Blacklaws. 

 

IRIS Superannuation Scheme 2016 Annual Report

Article Date: 
Thursday, October 13, 2016

The scheme’s Annual Report for the year to 31 March 2016 is out now. 

The Annual Report shows the financial position of the scheme at 31 March and how well the investments have performed during the financial year.

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