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International Transport Workers Congress 2014

Article Date: 
Wednesday, May 21, 2014

FIRST Union actively participates in global union bodies that represent our members on the international stage.

Through our transport, logistics and bus members, we affiliate to the International Transport Workers Federation.

Impromptu picket of BP Greenlane today

Article Date: 
Thursday, May 8, 2014

Impromptu picket of BP Greenlane a short time ago. 

May Day 2014

Article Date: 
Thursday, May 1, 2014

On May Day we salute the work of thousands of FIRST Union members in organising together for a better deal on the job. 

Australian banks make more out of Kiwi customers

Article Date: 
Wednesday, April 30, 2014

New Zealand’s big Australian-owned banks are making more out of their Kiwi customers than their Aussie customers, according to a report in the New Zealand Herald.

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Campaigns

Vote Fairness

On 26 November 2011 we all get to have our say in the General Election. Vote Fairness is our campaign to ensure everyone is enrolled and gets out to vote on the 26th – and that we all understand what’s at stake.

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

UNEMIG: Disgraced hotel operator still hasn’t learned

Date of Release: 
Friday, July 25, 2014

A publicly disgraced Auckland hotel is still not paying their workers the minimum wage, according to the Union Network of Migrants (UNEMIG).

Last week the Employment Relations Authority ordered Harbour Oaks hotel to pay workers Nancy and Abraham Agustin nearly $80,000, having not paid their minimum entitlements since the beginning of their employment in 2011, illegally withholding wages, and requiring them to work public holidays without paying penal rates or giving lieu days.

Christchurch CHEP workers walk off the job again

Date of Release: 
Monday, July 21, 2014

Workers at Brambles-owned CHEP Christchurch have walked off the job again today to protest the employer’s refusal to negotiate an improved pay offer, according to FIRST Union.

The workers went on a 24-hour strike earlier this month, and the union now understands that Brambles is threatening to lock the workers out until they accept the employer’s final offer. Members are again standing on a picket line until Brambles step up and resume bargaining.

Christchurch Chep workers strike for national pay parity

Date of Release: 
Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Workers at the Chep pallet plant in Christchurch are going on strike on Thursday 10 July, demanding pay parity with Chep’s Wiri pallet plant in Auckland, according to FIRST Union, the union for workers in the transport and logistics sector.

Chep is an Australian-based company that has operated in New Zealand since 1974, employing 33 union members at the Christchurch site.

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