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  • News Date:
    Friday, July 31, 2015
    Body:

    The ANZ terms of settlement have been ratified. Of those members who voted, 98.5% voted to accept. The pay rise and years worth of back pay will go through on Thursday August 6th. The second pay rise will kick in the week following. It has been a long journey and all members should be proud of the struggle they put in to protect terms and conditions at ANZ.

  • News Date:
    Friday, July 31, 2015
    Body:

    Westpac are saying current restructures in the back office areas will not result in mass job losses. FIRST Union appeared in a New Zealand Herald article responding to the rumours.

    FIRST Organisers have been attending restructure meetings to support members over the past week.

  • News Date:
    Friday, July 31, 2015
    Body:

    BNZ negotiations are not far away, we are all working on building up membership as much as possible to be in a strong position for bargaining. Organisers visited  BNZ Harbour Quay and Quay Park this week to recruit new members to our union. Claims meetings for union members start next week. We have a forum with senior management coming up on 27th August to discuss targets , if you want us to raise anything in particular contact us here.

  • News Date:
    Friday, July 31, 2015
    Body:

    A vigil was held outside the National Party conference last weekend to protest the Government's Health and Safety Reform Bill.The vigil was led by Deborah McMillan, whose husband died in a forestry accident.The vigil included 291 crosses signifying New Zealand workers who have died since the Government promised to improve health and safety laws following the Pike River disaster. Article here.

  • News Date:
    Friday, July 31, 2015
    Body:

    Major corporations such as Accenture, Gap and Microsoft are moving away from performance reviews, saying research shows such reviews are not objective and are bad for staff morale.

  • News Date:
    Friday, July 3, 2015
    Body:

    Following facilitated bargaining with ANZ, we now have a settlement offer to bring out to ANZ members to vote on. Your organiser will contact your manager to arrange a ratification meeting at your branch/site through the month of July. If you need to get in touch with your organiser call 0800 863477.

  • News Date:
    Friday, July 3, 2015
    Body:

    BNZ negotiations are not far away, we are all working on building up membership as much as possible to be in a strong position for bargaining. Organisers will be visiting BNZ Harbour Quay and Quay Park on the week of 27th July to recruit new members to our union – look out for us! Claims meetings for union members will occur over the month of August.

  • News Date:
    Friday, July 3, 2015
    Body:

    We have a meeting with management next Tuesday to discuss and resolve annual leave issues in the Westpac call centre, contact us here if there are things you want us to raise. The union made a submission and met with senior management to oppose the proposal to close Westpac Ruatoria, the submissions are currently under consideration.

  • News Date:
    Friday, July 3, 2015
    Body:

    The new Heartland collective agreement has been ratified. The settlement involved improvements to redundancy, a 2.5% increase and a letter of intent  to allow new members  not currently covered by the collective to join. The UniMed collective has also been settled for a 2% increase and a reduction in the target amounts required to gain a bonus.

  • News Date:
    Friday, June 12, 2015
    Body:

    We attended a community meeting in Ruatoria this week where members of the public discussed what they could do to support the campaign to keep Westpac Ruatoria open after a proposed closure was announced. People spoke with great feeling on the importance of having face-to-face contact when discussing financial matters, particularly the elderly. There is also the problem of limited internet access in the community. The campaign to challenge the proposed closure is in full swing including lobbying of politicians, rallies and media.

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