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  • News Date:
    Friday, April 24, 2015
    Body:

    Following a meeting of the parties, we now have dates for facilitated bargaining between the union and ANZ – June 8 and 12.

    The progress comes after nine months of unsuccessful negotiations; facilitation is intended to overcome impasses at collective bargaining and facilitate settlement.

    ANZ workers have been strident in their rejection of the bank’s proposed flexibility provisions or any other significant claw-back to their existing collective agreement.

    FIRST Union will continue to keep its members informed, so watch this space!

  • News Date:
    Friday, April 24, 2015
    Body:

    Our new members at GE Finance are facing a new challenge with the announcement that GE has sold its finance business in Australia and New Zealand.

    It has been bought by a consortium comprising KKR & Co, Varde Partners and Deutsche Bank, acquiring the unit for an enterprise value of NZ$8.4 billion (including the company’s existing debt) – Australia’s biggest inbound takeover of a finance company.

  • News Date:
    Friday, April 24, 2015
    Body:

    With an extremely low inflation figure for the last twelve months (0.1%), the Reserve Bank of New Zealand is being urged by unions and other economists to lower the official cash rate (New Zealand’s interest rates are high when compared with many other similar countries).

  • News Date:
    Friday, April 24, 2015
    Body:

    Protests will take place in four cities (Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin) across the country today in support of the TV3 current affairs show Campbell Live.

  • News Date:
    Friday, April 24, 2015
    Body:

    I’m sure there’s many of us that would have liked to do some damage to an uncooperative computer from time to time, but few will ever go this far…

    A 37 year-old Colorado man has been cited for discharging a firearm within city limits for carrying his computer into an alley then shooting it eight times with a handgun after a battle with the machine that spanned months.

    Police responded after it was reported that shots were fired, and after an investigation police released a statement titled “Man Kills His Computer”, noting that the man “effectively disabl[ed]” the machine.

  • News Date:
    Friday, April 17, 2015
    Body:

    Both Westpac and BNZ Union Councils have met with their respective banks for the March Union Council meetings.

    The issues of training times and pressure for meeting targets were discussed and the union is hopeful of making some progress in these areas.

    Council members emphasized concerns regarding overtime, and both banks reiterated that all authorised overtime should be paid.

     

  • News Date:
    Friday, April 17, 2015
    Body:

    Kiwi-owned banks are well ahead of their Australian-owned counterparts, according to a new customer satisfaction survey.

    TSB (99%), Co-operative (99%), SBS (98%) and Kiwibank (96%) achieved the highest score for customer satisfaction, according to a Consumer NZ survey. Kiwi banks also rated higher on factors like “value for money”.

    ANZ remained the bottom-ranked bank on overall service ratings, with 87%.

  • News Date:
    Friday, April 17, 2015
    Body:

    Marketing experts are warning the Returned and Services Association about the dangers of hijacking Anzac Day for commercial gain, following a PR disaster in Australia where Woolworths began an unauthorised social media campaign titled ‘Fresh in our Memories’.

  • News Date:
    Friday, April 17, 2015
    Body:

    Our good friends at Unite Union are making amazing headway in defeating Zero Hour Contracts. It had already had success with Restaurant Brands – the operator of KFC, Pizza Hit and Carl’s Jr, and this week announced that Burger King has also decided to remove zero hour contracts.

    On Wednesday this week Unite held protests around the country targeting remaining fast food chains that still use zero hour contracts, particularly McDonalds and Wendys.

  • News Date:
    Friday, April 17, 2015
    Body:

    A female protester in Europe has interrupted the monthly press conference of European Central Bank President Mario Draghi, showering him with confetti while chanting ‘End ECB Dictatorship!’

    Responsibility for the action was claimed by the radical feminist group Femen.  

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