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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.

 

 

 

Employment figures hide prevalence of insecure work

Date of Release: 
Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Today’s unemployment figures are hiding the prevalence of insecure work in New Zealand, according to FIRST Union General Secretary Robert Reid.

The figures show that despite growing labour force participation the unemployment rate remains steady from the last quarter at 5.8%.

“We’re glad that unemployment isn’t growing again as it did last year, however we’re concerned with the growth of insecure work in many of our sectors,” says Reid.

Classing kava as a drug is discriminatory - union

Date of Release: 
Wednesday, May 6, 2015

After failing to consult with unions or community groups, the New Zealand Drug Detection Agency will begin testing workers for kava use says FIRST Union organiser Jerome Mika.

“Goodman Fielder has advised FIRST Union members at Quality Bakers in Dunedin that the New Zealand Drug Detection Agency will begin testing for kava”.

“But kava should not be classed as a drug” says Mika.

ANZ announces interim results amidst potential hours reductions

Date of Release: 
Tuesday, May 5, 2015

While ANZ announces an impressive half year result, hours reductions remain a threat for ANZ workers in New Zealand says FIRST Union national organiser Tali Williams.   

“Last week ANZ concluded consultation with workers at the bank’s Whangarei branches on a proposal to reduce the number of full-time positions”.

Company closure leaves workers in the dark

Date of Release: 
Monday, May 4, 2015

While creditors and contractors take action to recover their assets in Kiwi Forestry International and Harvest Pro, workers in the subsidiary company Smith & Davies are still in the dark over their employment status says FIRST Union General Secretary Robert Reid.

Unite defeats zero hour contracts, but new examples emerge

Date of Release: 
Friday, May 1, 2015

FIRST Union is congratulating Unite Union on their win against zero hour contracts at McDonalds, says FIRST Union General Secretary Robert Reid.

“We are standing in solidarity with Unite Union on May Day”.

“But the issues of insecure work and insecure hours remain. Low contracted hours are just as common as zero hours and just as unfair and exploitative,” says Reid.

“In the retail sector workers are regularly kept on low hours. When new hours become available retail employers often opt for new workers who are then put on low hours as well”.

ANZ proposes casualisation in Whangarei stores

Date of Release: 
Thursday, April 30, 2015

ANZ workers in Whangarei could see their incomes drop by 20 to 40 percent if the bank’s proposal to reduce the number of full-time positions goes ahead says FIRST Union national organiser Tali Williams.

“Last week ANZ proposed a reduction in the number of full time positions at the Whangarei and Bank Street branches”. 

“If the proposal goes ahead workers will see their hours cut and many will be forced to look for work elsewhere” says Tali Williams.

 

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