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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

Union drive a success in Invercargill

Date of Release: 
Monday, November 23, 2015

The retail workers’ union is thrilled with the success of its membership drive at Invercargill Pak’n Save as new members prepare to meet and develop their negotiation claims for the first time, says FIRST Union South Island organiser Ken Young. 

“We’ve always had lower union density in the South Island and that’s meant poorer pay and conditions for South Island workers compared with their North Island counterparts.”

Homelessness report a call to action – union

Date of Release: 
Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The Salvation Army’s recently released report into homelessness in Auckland is a call to action over the housing crisis, says FIRST Union General Secretary Robert Reid.

“The high cost of housing means more and more working people and their families are struggling to make ends meet.”

Bunnings Dunedin workers strike during stocktake

Date of Release: 
Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Workers from Bunnings Dunedin will walk off the job at 3pm today in protest at the company’s refusal to compromise on rosters.

“Rosters are currently set with mutual agreement between managers and workers. That’s a fair system because it gives both sides an equal say,” says FIRST Union Dunedin organiser Shirley Walthew.

“But Bunnings wants to remove mutual agreement and hand bosses the power to unilaterally impose rosters.”

“This is going to put family time at risk. How are you meant to plan for things like childcare when you’ve lost control over your roster?”

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