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Time to take action on poverty and inequality

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Friday, October 19, 2012

The FIRST Union Conference learned a great deal about the widening gap between rich and poor in New Zealand and what we can all do about it, with a panel discussion on poverty and inequality

Decent work focus for union conference

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Friday, October 19, 2012

Achieving good jobs and decent lives for workers was the organising call for delegates attending the FIRST Union conference this week. The union has a four year plan centred on achieving decent work and a decent life, General Secretary Robert Reid said.

FIRST Union supports anti-TPPA campaign

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

FIRST Union is supporting a new campaign against the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), "It's Our Future."

The New Zealand government is negotiating this international agreement that could have a huge effect on the lives of ordinary kiwis. It involves eleven Asian and Pacific-rim countries, including the United States. If it goes ahead, we risk damage to our innovative economy, our pristine environment, our health, and the ability to shape our own future.

FIRST Union support for Campbell Live child poverty campaign

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Monday, October 1, 2012

FIRST Union General Secretary Robert Reid has written to broadcaster John Campbell and congratulated his show and TV3 for taking up the issues of inequality and child poverty.

Migrant workers meeting in Auckland

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The FIRST Union migrant workers network is co-hosting a meeting about a fair deal for migrant workers in a global economy this weekend.

The meeting is co-hosted with Migrante Aotearoa and will be held at the Aotea Centre in Auckland, this Sunday 19 August from 1.30-3pm.

Stop work meetings a big success

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

FIRST Union members from around the country have been attending stop work meetings and discussing a range of important issues for our union.

New campaign launched to increase paid parental leave

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Monday, July 30, 2012

FIRST Union is part of a new campaign to extend paid parental leave, 26 for Babies, which launched at parliament this week with over 26 babies and toddlers.

The great divide

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"There are fewer managers than there have ever been. They manage in a very scripted and preordained way." That would inevitably lead to disengagement, FIRST Union's Robert Reid said.

Australia maintains wage gap with New Zealand

Monday, June 11, 2012

The wage gap with Australia wasn’t helped by last week’s increase of the Australian minimum wage to nearly $20 in New Zealand terms.  Fair Work Australia raised the Australian minimum wage to $AU15.96 an hour based on a 38-hour week, around $20 New Zealand with currency conversion.

“Australia has higher wages not only because their firms invest more in their plant and machinery, but they have maintained a national structure for making sure workers’ wages keep up with the cost of living,” FIRST Union General Secretary Robert Reid said.

Time for a living wage

Friday, May 25, 2012

FIRST Union says a new campaign launched this week in support of a living wage will capture the mind of the public, who are becoming more aware of growing inequality in New Zealand.

The Living Wage campaign is Initiated by the Service & Food Workers Union Nga Ringa Tota, and brings together unions, faith and community groups to campaign to end poverty wages.


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