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MPs agree there’s much more to do on safety in the forestry sector – First Union

By   /  October 12, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

Politicians have responded with shock to revelations from forestry and wood processing workers at a symposium on the future of work in the industry. FIRST Union’s Forestry & Wood Processors Symposium 2018 was attended by Union members, delegates and officials, Green Party leader Marama Davidson and Labour list MP in Tauranga Jan Tinetti.  The symposium […]

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Future of Work for New Zealand’s Forestry and Wood Processing: Much more than logs – First Union

By   /  October 12, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

A symposium to start a discussion on the future of work in forestry and wood processing has shown New Zealand is sitting on a mountain of un-tapped opportunity. The problem is, New Zealand is missing out on an incalculable amount of wealth due to exporting commodities as raw materials, instead of producing a wider range […]

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Go Bus forces members to strike to hold meeting – First Union

By   /  October 5, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Go Bus forces members to strike to hold meeting – First Union

Over 100 bus drivers in the Waikato region had to take strike action today in order to meet to discuss the wage negotiations.  Their employer, Go Bus, denied the drivers time away from work to meet regarding facilitated negotiations in Auckland despite the union giving plenty of notice and offering to work with the company […]

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Would you like a serving of unethical business practice with that salad? – First Union

By   /  September 23, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Would you like a serving of unethical business practice with that salad? – First Union

Summer isn’t far off and the tomatoes are just about ripe for the picking for the BBQ season but…   Come Monday (24/09/2018), over 100 mainly tomato hot-house gardeners and distribution workers will walk off the job for 24 hours (4am Monday 24th to 4am Tuesday 25th) over bleak pay and the company refusing to […]

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Union outlines how to ease the struggles of labour-hire workers – First Union

By   /  September 13, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Union outlines how to ease the struggles of labour-hire workers – First Union

FIRST Union, the union representing over 2,500 labour-hire workers, has made its submission on behalf of workers to the Employment Relations (Triangular Employment) Amendment Bill today to a receptive committee as part of the Union’s Real Work Real Jobs campaign.   FIRST Union’s Transport, Logistics and Manufacturing Secretary, Jared Abbott outlined the changes needed to […]

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FIRST Union’s Dennis Maga responds to misinformation around the ERA and MECAs – invites Winston Peters and Shane Jones to lunch

By   /  September 13, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on FIRST Union’s Dennis Maga responds to misinformation around the ERA and MECAs – invites Winston Peters and Shane Jones to lunch

FIRST Union General Secretary Dennis Maga says the proposed changes of the Employment Relations Amendment Bill reverse much of what has been the erosion of workers’ rights over the last decade and that there’s nothing in the proposed changes that hasn’t been done before in New Zealand.   On the Multi-Employer Collective Agreements (MECAs) Mr […]

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Thousands of workers show their support for ERA changes – First Union

By   /  September 12, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Thousands of workers show their support for ERA changes – First Union

Changes to employment law in the Employment Relations Amendment Bill are a topic of hot debate, today over 1000 workers showed their support for the proposed changes at Auckland’s Mt Smart Stadium. FIRST Union is carrying out its Stop-Work meetings around the country to update members on the ERA changes.  At Auckland’s meeting staff from […]

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Zero accuracy in business survey on ERA changes – First Union

By   /  September 12, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Zero accuracy in business survey on ERA changes – First Union

The Employment and Manufacturers Association and Business New Zealand have released the annual Mood of the Boardroom survey in association with the New Zealand Herald. FIRST Union is concerned about the lack of statistical rigour in the surveys. The options on the question regarding business opinion on the ERA are geared towards a negative result. […]

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Kaitaia workers left with more questions than answers – unions request assistance from ministers – First Union

By   /  September 12, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Kaitaia workers left with more questions than answers – unions request assistance from ministers – First Union

Workers at the JNL/ Juken Triboard Wood Products Mill in Kaitaia remain concerned after today’s company announcement that the mill would be undergoing a major upgrade, and around 40 jobs may be on the chopping block. Workers and their respective unions (FIRST Union and E tū) feel they have been telling the company repeatedly that […]

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New wage deal at Countdown distribution sets bench mark for triangular employment – First Union

By   /  September 12, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News  /  1 Comment

Nearly a thousand workers covered by collective agreements at Countdown’s distribution centres (in Christchurch, Palmerston North, and Auckland), will see their hourly wage go to a minimum of $25 this year in a new deal that sets a new bench mark for how companies engage labour-hire workers.   The move follows Foodstuffs distribution workers also […]

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Union presents the plight of labour-hire workers in a submission to the Employment Relations (Triangular Employment) Amendment Bill – First Union

By   /  September 12, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Union presents the plight of labour-hire workers in a submission to the Employment Relations (Triangular Employment) Amendment Bill – First Union

FIRST Union is presenting to the Education and Workforce Committee about the Employment Relations (Triangular Employment) Amendment Bill today (12/9/2018), where it will be asking the government to bolster regulation around labour-hire to afford labour-hire workers the same ability to enforce the law as other workers. Mr Abbott said he is very proud of Countdown’s […]

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CHEP STRIKERS MARCH AGAINST UNFAIR WAGES – First Union

By   /  September 4, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on CHEP STRIKERS MARCH AGAINST UNFAIR WAGES – First Union

Brambles owned CHEP Pallets  staff in Christchurch are striking again after  FIRST Union members have voted unanimously to walk off the job at the Hornby plant today at 2pm. Striking workers have decided to march to the local shopping mall to draw attention to their struggle for equal pay with CHEP’s Auckland Wiri Plant.  The […]

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Bus drivers picket for a second day following huge community support – First Union

By   /  August 31, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Bus drivers picket for a second day following huge community support – First Union

  Auckland bus drivers who work for Ritchies Murphy will be picketing again today from 3-5pm as part of strike action. The strike will include a BBQ picket – a few hours out of the day where drivers will walk off the job to have some down time socialising, something they don’t often get to […]

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Concrete truck drivers strike in Auckland over hours, pay and the exploitation of fellow workers – First Union

By   /  August 27, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Concrete truck drivers strike in Auckland over hours, pay and the exploitation of fellow workers – First Union

Around 10 concrete truck drivers in Auckland are striking on Monday over long hours, low pay and the exploitation of their fellow migrant workers. The workers will also picket from 9am tomorrow (Monday 26th August) outside Allied Concrete Penrose Plant, 20 Leon Leicester Ave, Mount Wellington, Auckland 1060. Media are invited to attend. The action […]

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Christchurch pallet workers living in dire straits as company continues to haul in big profits – First Union

By   /  August 27, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Christchurch pallet workers living in dire straits as company continues to haul in big profits – First Union

50 Christchurch workers who restore pallets for the distribution of many of New Zealand’s well-known products will be striking tomorrow over minimal pay and large pay variations between company work sites.   From 6:30am Monday (27th August) workers will picket the site at the CHEP NZ Service Centre, 95 Shands Road, Christchurch. Media are invited […]

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Businesses urged to utilise support employment agencies – First Union

By   /  August 22, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Businesses urged to utilise support employment agencies – First Union

Businesses urged to utilise support employment agencies for workers with disabilities following low employment rates for these groups Statistics New Zealand has released its disability figures for the labour market showing disabled people are three times less likely to be in work, and more than twice as likely to be unemployed or underutilised (work part […]

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