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New benefits with First Credit Union

Article Date: 
Tuesday, April 28, 2015


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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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

Classing kava as a drug is discriminatory - union

Date of Release: 
Wednesday, May 6, 2015

After failing to consult with unions or community groups, the New Zealand Drug Detection Agency will begin testing workers for kava use says FIRST Union organiser Jerome Mika.

“Goodman Fielder has advised FIRST Union members at Quality Bakers in Dunedin that the New Zealand Drug Detection Agency will begin testing for kava”.

“But kava should not be classed as a drug” says Mika.

Employment figures hide prevalence of insecure work

Date of Release: 
Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Today’s unemployment figures are hiding the prevalence of insecure work in New Zealand, according to FIRST Union General Secretary Robert Reid.

The figures show that despite growing labour force participation the unemployment rate remains steady from the last quarter at 5.8%.

“We’re glad that unemployment isn’t growing again as it did last year, however we’re concerned with the growth of insecure work in many of our sectors,” says Reid.

ANZ announces interim results amidst potential hours reductions

Date of Release: 
Tuesday, May 5, 2015

While ANZ announces an impressive half year result, hours reductions remain a threat for ANZ workers in New Zealand says FIRST Union national organiser Tali Williams.   

“Last week ANZ concluded consultation with workers at the bank’s Whangarei branches on a proposal to reduce the number of full-time positions”.

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