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UNEMIG Union Network of Migrants

Union Network of Migrants is a network of migrant workers within FIRST Union. FIRST UNEMIG is migrant led, non-profit and non-sectarian.

UNEMIG aims to protect the rights and welfare of migrant workers in New Zealand.

Often migrant workers are victims of under legal minimum wage pay, abuse, discrimination, bullying and harassment in the workplace. Now, UNEMIG can help you.convenors

UNEMIG is for

  • FIRST Union members who consider themselves as migrant workers or those who have been in the country and are considered as non-New Zealand citizens (i.e. holders of temporary visas if a condition on their visa states they are allowed to undertake employment, work visa holders and permanent residents),
  • migrant workers of working age who belong to a worksite with no union and / or existing collective agreement,
  • family members of migrant workers
  • Migrant workers in a community who would like to be part of the network.

UNEMIG give employment relation advice through the union’s Member Support Centre or migrant advocates.  We represent members who are disadvantaged in their work such as below legal minimum labour standards, workplace bullying, discrimination.  We also arrange for immigration advice (by appointment),  assist migrants on human rights issues and economic trends affecting their employment situation. We refer migrants to relevant agencies as necessary.

We request settlement support for migrants. UNEMIG has a good working relationship with the settlement support coordinators and takes part in regular seminars for new migrants by providing employment relations information. We link migrant workers with migrant community organisations and campaign on various issues affecting migrant workers, unions and communities.

Migrant workers already belonging to FIRST Union and paying a FIRST Union fee can join UNEMIG for free.   Other migrant workers may join UNEMIG at a fee of currently $2.45 per week.UNEMIG logo

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Unemig News

Criticisms a plenty over employment changes

Date of Release: 
11/10/2013

There are fears international students will be exploited under new rules designed to increase the number of foreigners studying here.

Open visa call from migrant advocate

Date of Release: 
07/10/2013

Migrant workers are not protected enough to be able to expose abuse from their employers, a migrant workers' advocate says.

Migrant workers 'being exploited'

Date of Release: 
04/10/2013

An advocate for migrant workers says a bill before Parliament that aims to crack down on exploitation cannot come soon enough.

Immigration minister targets worker exploitation

Date of Release: 
23/06/2013
FIRST Union's Dennis Maga speaks on One News in reaction to proposed changes to migrant work rights.

Harsher penalties for employers proposed

Date of Release: 
23/06/2013
FIRST Union's Dennis Maga speaks on 3 News in reaction to proposed changes to migrant work rights.

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