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Government abandoning Aussie catch up

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Proposed labour law changes spell the end of efforts to catch up with Australia, First Union warns. The Government on Monday confirmed it will change labour laws to allow employers to opt out of collective bargaining, with a return to the original position in the Employment Relations Act where the duty of good faith doesn't require parties to conclude a collective agreement.
Employers will also be able to deduct pay from workers involved in partial strike action, and 30-day rule forcing non-union members to take union terms and conditions when they start a job will be removed.

FIRST Union backing 26 weeks paid parental leave

Article Date: 
Friday, May 18, 2012

FIRST Union (grown-ups and babies!) are backing a new campaign to extend paid parental leave to 26 weeks. Labour MP Sue Moroney has a bill before parliament which would take paid parental leave from the current 14 weeks to six months.

Jobs massacre see redundancies across the country

Date of Release: 
Thursday, May 3, 2012

As unemployment is again on the rise, a recent wave of actual or potential job losses has a union with members in textiles, wood and food processing calling for the government to own up to the problem facing our manufacturing industries and the workers within them.

Rugby league a family affair for Fagaiavas

Article Date: 
Wednesday, May 2, 2012

FIRST Union organiser Henry Fagaiava combined two of his great loves – sport and family – when his two eldest sons Eric (18), and Johnny (16) joined him on the field for his rugby league team, the Te Aroha Seniors.

FIRST to help save our assets!

Article Date: 
Monday, April 30, 2012

FIRST Union is playing its part in a nationwide campaign to force a referendum on asset sales. FIRST Union and the CTU are part of a Keep Our Assets coalition which aims to get 10% of voters to sign a petition calling for a referendum.

Support Talley’s AFFCO workers

Article Date: 
Tuesday, April 24, 2012

1300  locked out Talley’s AFFCO workers and their families (over 5,000 kids) are really feeling the pinch after eight weeks locked out without pay, and need the help of other union members to help continue their fight and feed their families.

Bank profits back over $3 billion while economy stagnates

Date of Release: 
Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Combined bank after-tax profits soared to $3.3 billion last year, a figure that FIRST Union Finance Secretary Andrew Casidy describes as problematic in an otherwise sluggish economy.

FIRST Union members proud to support the wharfies

Article Date: 
Wednesday, March 14, 2012

FIRST Union members were part of a group of Pasefika unionists who made sure there was a strong union presence at Creekfest in Porirua this weekend.

Countdown Churchill Drive delegate Tia Brown was part of the team who helped collect 2000 signatures for the petition supporting the Ports of Auckland workers.

Promising outlook for Mondayise bill

Article Date: 
Tuesday, February 14, 2012

There was good news for working people on the first sitting day of Parliament for 2012, with a new bill being drawn from the ballot to ensure that there would be public holidays for ANZAC and Waitangi Days.

Minimum wage rise will keep thousands of workers in poverty

Article Date: 
Thursday, February 9, 2012

This week's 50 cent increase to the minimum wage will do nothing to lift thousands of workers out of poverty, said FIRST Union National Secretary Robert Reid.

“Increasing inequality is starting to look like a government objective. The rich list are better off by 20% while the poorest pocket only 50 cents an hour,” said Reid. 

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