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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.




Tanker drivers planning strike, North Island fuel supply to be affected

Date of Release: 
Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Tanker drivers across the country are planning to strike after their employer, Pacific Fuel Haul, pulled out of an agreed settlement for the second time, says FIRST Union organiser Jared Abbott.

“The workers are calling on the company to make good on its word and settle the agreement.”

“Reneging once could be put down to a mistake, but reneging twice is just bad faith,” says Abbott.

“The workers have now been left with no choice. Striking is the only way the company will return to the table and make good on its promise to settle an agreement.”

Workers from 17 Bunnings stores to strike as unrest spreads

Date of Release: 
Friday, September 25, 2015

After strikes in Auckland and the Manawatu today, workers from an additional 17 Bunnings stores will strike tomorrow in a national day of action, announces FIRST Union Retail and Finance Secretary Maxine Gay.

Manawatu workers to picket in national strike at Bunnings

Date of Release: 
Friday, September 25, 2015

After strikes at Bunnings Botany and Mt Wellington at midday, Bunnings workers at the Palmerston North and Fielding stores are walking off the job between 2pm and 4pm to protest against the company’s attempt to impose insecure contracts, says FIRST Union organiser Dion Martin.

“Bunnings is proposing a collective agreement that will hand bosses the power to chop and change start and finish times without the worker’s agreement.”

Bunnings strikes continue as Auckland workers walk off the job

Date of Release: 
Friday, September 25, 2015
After workers from four stores held a strike outside Bunnings head office yesterday, other stores are following suit as workers from Bunnings Botany and Mt Wellington prepare to picket outside the Botany store at midday today, says FIRST Union Retail and Finance Secretary Maxine Gay.

Union backs community calls to lift refugee intake

Date of Release: 
Friday, September 18, 2015

New Zealand’s second-largest private sector union is backing calls to significantly lift the refugee intake amidst reports that a family of climate change refugees could be deported within the next week.

“We’re standing in solidarity with refugees across the world,” says FIRST Union Secretary Robert Reid.

“The apparent decision to deport a family of climate change refugees before their case is heard at the United Nations is unethical. It isn’t in the spirit of social justice.”


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