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Wellbeing budget delivers for Ambos’ wages, St John already making moves to spend elsewhere – First Union

By   /  May 21, 2019  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

After months of industrial action to draw attention to the low wages and poor conditions of work, Ambulance Professionals are delighted that there government has listened but fear the money won’t make it to the frontline where it is needed.   This morning, Deputy Prime Minister, Winston Peters announced that Ambulance Professionals have been remembered […]

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Pie dispute heats up: Workers strike again – First Union

By   /  May 3, 2019  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Pie dispute heats up: Workers strike again – First Union

That Big Ben pie that Kiwis love is regrettably brought to you by low wages.   The workers at George Weston Foods in Wiri, who make New Zealand’s iconic Big Ben pies, are going on strike again.  The two day strike follows a 24 – hour strike held last month over a pay offer that […]

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Building employment protection for migrant workers in the construction industry – agreement to be signed – First Union

By   /  May 3, 2019  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Building employment protection for migrant workers in the construction industry – agreement to be signed – First Union

Another labour hire company has signed onto a work placement strategy that assists business and takes into account the wellbeing of the working person; this time migrant workers mainly in the construction sector.   Late last year saw Enterprise Recruitment become the first labour-hire company to sign up to a set of ethical labour-hire standards […]

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Living Wages and better rosters for Bus Drives as result of Tripartite forum – First Union

By   /  May 1, 2019  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Living Wages and better rosters for Bus Drives as result of Tripartite forum – First Union

Living Wages and better rosters for Bus Drives as result of Tripartite forum The establishment of a Tripartite forum including councils, bus operators and unions to resolve issues around the implementation of paid rest breaks will also deal with longstanding issues around pay and hours of work for drivers. It was announced today that an […]

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Big Ben workers striking for their fair share of the pie – First Union

By   /  April 17, 2019  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Big Ben workers striking for their fair share of the pie – First Union

The workers who make New Zealand’s iconic Big Ben pies are striking tonight and tomorrow to send a message to their employer that their pay offer is not good enough. FIRST Union represents approximately 30 staff, a majority, in the pie department at George Weston Foods in Wiri and has been in bargaining with the […]

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Hundreds of shoppers show support for a lift in pay and conditions at their local supermarket – First Union

By   /  April 2, 2019  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  3 Comments

The Pak n’ Save Picket for Decent Work at the Auckland Glen Innes store today (27/03/19) saw hundreds of customers filling out forms and handing them into checkout operators to show support for the hard work they do. FIRST Union Organiser Mandeep Bela says the support from the public was overwhelming. “Customers really wanted to […]

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Work visa changes must include more open visas – FIRST Union

By   /  March 5, 2019  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Work visa changes must include more open visas – FIRST Union

OIA shows proposed temporary work visa changes must include more open visas An OIA and a survey conducted by Union Network of Migrants (UNEMIG) and the Indian Workers Association (IWA) shows the proposed immigration changes need to allow all temporary work visa holders to become more open work visas if we are to reduce the […]

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It’s not about a bus driver shortage, it’s the way bus drivers are treated – First Union

By   /  February 25, 2019  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on It’s not about a bus driver shortage, it’s the way bus drivers are treated – First Union

“The government already knows the solution to the problem, they talked about it in opposition, it’s simple: scrap the PTOM tendering model that got us in this mess and implement Fair Pay Agreements to lift the standards back to where they should be and to incentivise workers back into what used to be a good […]

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Ambulance Officer’s open letter – First Union

By   /  February 2, 2019  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Ambulance Officer’s open letter – First Union

Ambulance Professionals have taken to writing letters to the board of trustees of St John in hopes their message will be heard. The Union has not received a response from the trust board despite the delegate bargaining group specifically asking them for help to step in on what is becoming an increasingly frustrating scenario for […]

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FPAs move to close inequality gap & Workers voice support for FPAs – First Union

By   /  February 2, 2019  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on FPAs move to close inequality gap & Workers voice support for FPAs – First Union

Fair Pay Agreements (FPAs) will set out minimum terms and conditions of employment that will cover all workers within entire industries. The working group tasked with debating exactly what this would look like has just released its report of recommendations to the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety Iain Lees-Galloway. FIRST Union General Secretary Dennis […]

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Dirty politics being used to spread misinformation on FPAs – First Union

By   /  January 28, 2019  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Dirty politics being used to spread misinformation on FPAs – First Union

Following the release of leaked documents from the Fair Pay Agreement workgroup, FIRST Union General Secretary Dennis Maga says he is hugely disappointed that what is supposed to be a collaborative effort between business and working people is being undermined by dirty politics. “It’s hugely disappointing. On the one hand we have working people’s share […]

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Time to start ignoring irresponsible businesses claiming worker shortages – First Union

By   /  January 18, 2019  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Time to start ignoring irresponsible businesses claiming worker shortages – First Union

In response to several recent stories from unethical and out-dated business lobby groups claiming worker shortages in several industries, FIRST Union General Secretary Dennis Maga has released the below response. “If you look at the industries that are claiming a worker shortage they’re all low paid, some have even broken the law through the exploitation […]

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Truck drivers who are employees see similar issues as contractors in the sector – First Union

By   /  January 18, 2019  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Truck drivers who are employees see similar issues as contractors in the sector – First Union

In response to stories on long haul truck drivers sleeping at depots, not being able to eat or drink anything (because they don’t have time to go to the bathroom) and having to pee in bottles due to the pressure to meet ever-more tightening deadlines, FIRST Union Transport Organiser Justin Wallace has this to say; […]

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Union calls on Coalition Gov’t to reassess RSE scheme – First Union

By   /  January 18, 2019  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Union calls on Coalition Gov’t to reassess RSE scheme – First Union

FIRST Union’s Denise Roche is calling on the Coalition Government to reassess its Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) scheme as labourhire companies continue to use the RSE scheme to exploit migrant workers and undermine working people in New Zealand. The concerns come after a number of companies in horticulture have continued to claim a worker shortage […]

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Silviculture is synonymous with low wages and exploitation – First Union

By   /  December 26, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Silviculture is synonymous with low wages and exploitation – First Union

Yesterday, migrant exploitation was exposed in the forestry industry. The Labour Inspectorate has penalised Silviculture Solution Ltd (SSL), an associated company of CNI Forestry Management Ltd, 35,000 dollars for an ‘illegal system of calculating pay’. Instead of paying workers what they were legally entitled to, the company paid them for what they considered were ‘productive […]

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Silviculture is synonymous with low wages and worker exploitation – First Union

By   /  December 21, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Silviculture is synonymous with low wages and worker exploitation – First Union

Yesterday, migrant exploitation was exposed in the forestry industry. The Labour Inspectorate has penalised Silviculture Solution Ltd (SSL), an associated company of CNI Forestry Management Ltd, 35,000 dollars for an ‘illegal system of calculating pay’. Instead of paying workers what they were legally entitled to, the company paid them for what they considered were ‘productive […]

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