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Waikato bus drivers strike over unsafe work conditions – First Union

By   /  August 14, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

Around 120 drivers from Hamilton, Otorohanga, and Te Awamutu will walk off the job tomorrow from 5:30am until midnight to show their frustration at low pay and bad work conditions. The drivers will gather for a picket outside the Hamilton Transport Centre from 7:30 am to 9:30 am and from 2:30 pm to 6 pm. […]

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Migrant groups welcome new immigration changes – First Union

By   /  August 10, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

Migrant groups welcome new immigration changes The Union Network of Migrants (UNEMIG) and Indian Workers Association (IWA) welcome the new immigration changes announced today. We made submissions on behalf of migrants and requested migrants to also do the same. We are glad that the government has listened to the most vulnerable voices and made further […]

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FIRST Union welcomes Government probe into bus industry

By   /  August 10, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

Transport Minister Phil Twyford has announced a Government investigation into bus safety in New Zealand following three bus crashes within 10 days. He says the Ministry of Transport and the New Zealand Transport Agency will carry out the investigation. FIRST Union is relieved the Government is concerned about the industry, but has reservations regarding a […]

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Quarry owner-operator locks workers out of work – First Union

By   /  August 8, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

In a very rare turn of events quarry workers in the Brynderwyn hills have been locked out of their work site until Sunday August 12. The lockout (attached) demands workers agree to the deal on the table, a deal which is lower than the Living Wage. Workers do not get paid during lockouts. Due to […]

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FIRST Union condemns brutal dispersal of workers in NutriAsia Philippines

By   /  August 2, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on FIRST Union condemns brutal dispersal of workers in NutriAsia Philippines

It’s alleged heavy-handed police have assaulted protesters and hired a mole to impersonate a protester with a gun to justify their inhumane and barbarous treatment of protesters.   The picket-line of at least 300 NutriAsia workers occurred in Marilao, Bulacan, and was violently broken up by more than 100 of the company’s security personnel and […]

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Smith City turns a corner to a more progressive work future – First Union

By   /  July 26, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Smith City turns a corner to a more progressive work future – First Union

Smith City turns a corner to a more progressive work future FIRST Union is pleased Smith City has joined the workers’ movement towards a more progressive work future for all New Zealanders. The company has announced it will pay its 591 workers a Living Wage from October. FIRST Union retail, finance and commerce secretary Tali […]

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Mass confusion hits workers at The Warehouse – First Union

By   /  July 24, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Mass confusion hits workers at The Warehouse – First Union

Mass confusion hits workers as The Warehouse implements worse restructure in decades Workers are frustrated with the mixed-messages from The Warehouse (TWL) as it confirms job losses. FIRST Union has been informed that the one-on-one interviews will begin today, and the timeline workers have to apply for jobs is between today (23rd July) and August […]

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Kmart steps in where The Warehouse fails – First Union

By   /  July 17, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Kmart steps in where The Warehouse fails – First Union

FIRST Union is pleased to announce retailer Kmart has stepped in where The Warehouse has failed, it has promised priority placement of 60 Red Shed workers at 14 of its stores nationwide. Following requests from the Union, Kmart has given the nod this morning for the creation of an application process for these workers. It […]

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Regions hit hardest by job losses at The Warehouse – First Union

By   /  July 16, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Regions hit hardest by job losses at The Warehouse – First Union

Regions hit hardest by job losses at The Warehouse – Union calls on Shane Jones to step in Last month The Warehouse announced 180 jobs were on the line across 92 stores. FIRST Union is now able to reveal the full figures for the proposed job losses at the company. The total number of proposed […]

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More bus strikes on the horizon for Auckland – First Union

By   /  June 27, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on More bus strikes on the horizon for Auckland – First Union

Ritchies Murphy bus drivers will strike tomorrow morning following an incredibly frustrating series of failed negotiations over pay and work conditions with more expected to follow.   The strike of around 60-70 bus drivers will be at Saint Aiden’s Reserve in Takanini and will run from 0700am to 0900am.   FIRST Union transport organiser Graham […]

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Survey demonstrates sales pressure is rife in NZ banks – First Union

By   /  June 26, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

600-strong union survey demonstrates sales pressure is rife in New Zealand banks A recent survey of over 600 union members working at ANZ, BNZ and Westpac demonstrates that sales culture is rife in the New Zealand banking sector. 87% of respondents reported feeling pressure to sell financial products; and 92% feel the same or more […]

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Workers gather to picket Pak n’ Save Hastings – First Union

By   /  June 16, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Workers gather to picket Pak n’ Save Hastings – First Union

Butchers, bakery, and deli staff along with shop floor workers will be picketing out the front of Pak n’ Save Hastings following multiple failed negotiations on unfair pay rates. On midday Saturday around 40 workers will be handing out flyers and speaking to customers about their woes with the company which they have found to […]

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Migrant immigration changes good – First Union

By   /  June 6, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Migrant immigration changes good – First Union

Migrant networks welcome the new proposed immigration changes but more regulation is needed to protect international students already here, and also non-union migrant workers. FIRST Union’s migrant division UNEMIG (Union Network of Migrants) and IWA (Indian Workers Association) are constantly dealing with exploitative cases mainly where visas are tied to particular employers (employer assisted visas). […]

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Auckland Go Bus drivers to strike over dangerous conditions – First Union

By   /  May 28, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

Auckland Go Bus drivers to strike tomorrow over dangerous work conditions Following a series of strikes in Auckland and the Waikato region with a handful of companies, 60 Go Bus drivers in Auckland will be the latest to take industrial action. The action will commence early Tuesday morning and commuters in South Auckland are being […]

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Funding could protect thousands of migrant workers – FIRST Union

By   /  May 21, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

Labour inspectorate funding could protect tens of thousands of migrant workers from exploitation FIRST Union welcomes the Government’s announcement of 34 million dollars towards a beefing up of Labour Inspectors. FIRST Union’s General Secretary Dennis Maga says it will improve the accessibility of labour inspectors to ensure workplaces adhere to at least the minimum requirements […]

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Union has overwhelming response to employees being asked to work without pay – First Union

By   /  May 16, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

FIRST Union has over the last 48 hours been collating complaints from union and non-union members in retail who allege their respective companies have been expecting (and in some instances asking verbally and in writing) employees to either stay back and work late for tasks such as cashing up or tidying up shop, or for […]

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