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  • News Date:
    Friday, February 13, 2015
    Body:

    Here in New Zealand ANZ and FIRST Union will be having another face-to-face mediated bargaining session next Thursday 19 February.

  • News Date:
    Friday, February 13, 2015
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    This week ASB posted their latest haly-yearly profit statement, hauling in a record half-year net profit of $444 million.

    This is a 7% increase on the previous year’s profit ($416 million). ASB is owned by the Australian Commonwealth Bank, Australia’s largest bank, who reported a first-half profit of A$4.62 billion.

  • News Date:
    Friday, February 13, 2015
    Body:

    Westpac NZ have just appointed a new boss, David McLean, who has just returned from working in New York at Westpac’s institutional  Americas division.

    McLean has been the acting CEO of Westpac NZ since last August after Australian Peter Clare departed last year due to health reasons.

  • News Date:
    Friday, February 13, 2015
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    The Auckland Pride Parade 2015 is a landmark annual public event, the highpoint of the Auckland Pride Festival and the largest Rainbow Community (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Takatapui, Fa’afafine, Intersex, Queer) event in the country.

    It will take place on Saturday 21 February at 7:30pm in Auckland’s Ponsonby Road, and this year will include more than 55 floats.

  • News Date:
    Friday, February 13, 2015
    Body:

    Not everybody likes Valentines Day, but everyone likes a good laugh. Hopefully these give you a bit of a chuckle:

    What do farmers give their wives on Valentine's Day? Hogs and kisses! 

    What did one pickle say to the other? "You mean a great dill to me."

    "Whale you be my Valentine?" "Dolphinately"

    What do single people call Valentine's Day? Happy Independence Day. 

     

  • News Date:
    Friday, January 30, 2015
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    NZ banks on the whole have reduced their advertising spending in 2014, a combined drop of $9 million (7.5%) from 2013, according to a survey by Nielsen. The advertising budget for NZ banks totaled $110.3 million in 2014.

    The biggest cuts came from ASB and Kiwibank, who cut their advertising budgets by 39% ($11.1 million) and 33% ($7.7 million).

  • News Date:
    Friday, January 30, 2015
    Body:

    The growth of zero hour contracts– contracts where workers have no guaranteed hours – is causing significant concern in NZ, and unions (particularly Unite Union) are working hard to highlight this issue. It is particularly prevalent in the fast food sector.

  • News Date:
    Friday, January 30, 2015
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    French trade unions have responded to a proposal by French Prime Minister Manuel Valls to reform the energy sector by turning the lights out on him as he gave his keynote address.

    Valls was speaking in Audincourt, a small village in Eastern France, when CGT, a union known for their direct action tactics that covers mining and energy sectors, undertook the action.

  • News Date:
    Friday, January 30, 2015
    Body:

    Our friends at the Finance Sector Union (FSU) in Australia are in bargaining with ANZ and have been offered a similar deal to ANZ workers here in New Zealand.

  • News Date:
    Friday, January 30, 2015
    Body:

    Westpac bank has made the decision to pull out of the Pacific, announcing their intention to sell their operations in Samoa, Cook Islands, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Tonga by the middle of the year.

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