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Rich List won’t be celebrated everywhere

Date of Release: 
Friday, July 26, 2013

With hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders living below the poverty line, there is no cause for celebration at today’s publication of the NBR Rich List, FIRST Union said today.

UNEMIG leads the debate on migrant work rights changes

Article Date: 
Tuesday, June 25, 2013

FIRST Union's migrant workers organiser Dennis Maga has led the public response over the past few days around the Government finally moving to address the gross exploitation of migrant workers in New Zealand.

New Retirement Commissioner

Friday, June 14, 2013

The government this week announced Diane Maxwell is to be appointed as Retirement Commissioner

She was appointed as the interim Commissioner in March on secondment from the Financial Markets Authority, and this week has been appointed for a three year term from 1 July 2013.

The New Zealand Bankers’ Association congratulated Diane Maxwell on her appointment as Retirement Commissioner.

Government reducing our work rights

Article Date: 
Sunday, June 9, 2013

The government this week introduced changes to employment law that will weaken the work rights for many workers, especially those without access to unions right now.

Bangladesh factory collapse survivors ask for our help

Friday, June 7, 2013

Everyone will all be aware of the horrific building collapse in Bangladesh over a month ago.

The Bangladesh union that supports workers involved in the factory that collapsed killing 1100 and making many more jobless has asked New Zealanders for help.

FIRST Union has strong relations with the National Garment Workers Federation of Bangladesh bi-laterally and through the IndustriALL Global Union Federation.

Employment law changing

Friday, June 7, 2013

The government this week introduced changes to employment law that will weaken the work rights for many workers, especially those without access to unions right now.

The Employment Relations Amendment Bill had its first reading in Parliament this week.

At their core, the changes undermine collective bargaining. Collective bargaining results in better working conditions and better wage increases – which help raise the bar for non-union workers too.

French underpants bank-robber jailed

Friday, May 31, 2013

A French bank robber has been jailed after attempting to rob a bank with underpants on his head as a disguise.

Trouble is, the robber – 56 year old Daniel Anfray – was immediately recognised by a cashier at the bank!

Anfray was told by the cashier to put his pocketknife away and the police were quickly called.

In court Anfray told the judge that he felt lost after being released from prison. He was sentenced to eight months in prison.

CTU oppose Qatar World Cup 2022

Friday, May 31, 2013

The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions are opposing the successful bid of Qatar to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup and joining the campaign for a re-vote, citing “huge human rights abuses” and repression of workers, especially migrant workers.

Hamilton closest council to joining living wage party!

Friday, May 24, 2013

The Hamilton City Council has taken a huge leap towards becoming a living wage employer, agreeing that it will implement a living wage of $18.40 an hour for all directly employed staff.

“The Council should be applauded for what is a very meaningful step in trying to lift wages and improve people’s standard of living,” says Public Service Assocation National Secretary Brenda Pilott.

A living wage will make a big difference to all those who work hard to professionally deliver services, yet earn minimum wages.”

Child poverty a stain on NZ's record - Amnesty

Article Date: 
Friday, May 24, 2013

New Zealand has come under fire for the high levels of child poverty in our country, in Amnesty International's Annual Report 2013.

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