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.
The union representing retail workers is warning that the Government is out of touch with working people after passing the second reading of the Shop Trading Hours Amendment Bill, a law handing local authorities the power to permit trading on Easter Sunday.
‘New Zealanders are only guaranteed three and a half days off each year. We should protect that, not reduce it,’ said FIRST Union Retail and Finance Secretary Maxine Gay.
Commuters on Howick and Eastern Bus services might find their travel plans disrupted as FIRST Union members at the company take strike action after the company withdrew a last minute offer reached in mediated bargaining.
‘With the help of a mediator the two parties reached a tentative agreement that the drivers were ready to vote on. But just before the vote took place the company wrote to the union with a completely different and far less favourable offer,’ said Bus Drivers’ First spokesperson Rudd Hughes.