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New benefits with First Credit Union

Article Date: 
Tuesday, April 28, 2015

ABOUT

Many FIRST Union members will remember United Credit Union (UCU), but on 1 February 2015 UCU members joined forces with First Credit Union.  UCU is now First Credit Union. 

UCU was formed in 1938 as the Post Office Investment Society, a non-profit co-operative bank.

Stop ratting on Porirua

Article Date: 
Friday, November 14, 2014

Workers at Porirua PAK’nSAVE are inviting community supporters to join them this weekend at a picket outside the supermarket.

TPPA - Kiwis fight back on November 8

Article Date: 
Tuesday, November 4, 2014

On 8 November 2014 Kiwis will kickstart the global day of action against the TPPA - the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement.

TPPA poses an enormous threat to NZ’s ability to regulate for itself, and gives foreign investors and multinationals new rights to control our laws.

On November 8 - Kiwis fight back!

Details of the event nearest you are below:

Do you want to change the world?

Article Date: 
Friday, October 31, 2014

FIRST Union is running an Organising School from the second week of February 2015, in Auckland.

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Campaigns

Secure Our Hours

You might have noticed that casual, low and zero hours contracts are on the rise at Countdown. More and more members from Countdown are coming forward with their concerns. Members are alarmed at:

Get Out And Vote

Nearly a third of Kiwis didn’t vote in the last election. That’s not good for our democracy. But if we work together, we can help turn that around in 2014.

Pay Equity Challenge

FIRST Union is a member of the Pay Equity Challenge coalition - a broad coalition of community, employer, union, and academic groups who are committed to putting pay equity issues back on the Government’s, and New Zealand’s, agenda.

FIRST Union Media Releases

Retail workers’ union unconvinced with government’s Easter trading proposals

Date of Release: 
Monday, August 24, 2015

The government’s plan to allow local authorities to determine whether shops and garden centres can open on Easter Sunday just shifts the problem to a different decision-maker, says FIRST Union Retail and Finance Secretary Maxine Gay.

“The Minister’s promise that the law will give workers the choice to accept or decline work without reason is hollow.”

“The same promise was made when Sunday trading was introduced, but it never came to anything,” says Gay. 

Marsden Point oil refinery announces spectacular half-year result amid low wage offer

Date of Release: 
Thursday, August 20, 2015

While the New Zealand Refining Company Limited posts a spectacular half-year profit, a union representing workers at the site is questioning whether a proposed 0.5% pay rise is all the company can afford.

“Despite announcing a healthy half-year result, the Marsden Point bargaining team is only offering workers a miserly 0.5 percent pay rise,” says FIRST Union organiser Jared Abbott.

Industrial unrest spreads as Warehouse workers reject wage offer

Date of Release: 
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
  • Workers at the Warehouse Blenheim to strike after 30 cent wage offer
  • This follows a strike at the Warehouse Manukau on Thursday
  • More stores across the country to follow

Striking workers at the Warehouse Blenheim are calling on the company to live up to its own rhetoric and pay a decent wage, says FIRST Union organiser Dennis Maga.

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