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  • 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:

    FIRST Union has been in negotiations with ANZ this week through ERA facilitated bargaining. Any proposals coming from this will go out to members over the coming weeks for a vote.

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

    We head into negotiations with BNZ in September. Delegate meetings to prepare for these negotiations will happen the week of 20th July in Wellington, Christchurch and Auckland. Delegates will receive letters about this next week. 

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