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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  /  No Comments

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  /  No Comments

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  /  No Comments

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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Minimum wage increase a decade overdue and the right thing to do – First Union

By   /  December 21, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Minimum wage increase a decade overdue and the right thing to do – First Union

The Coalition Government has announced the largest increase to the minimum wage, ever, in its move towards its minimum wage goal of $20 per hour by 2021.   FIRST Union General Secretary Dennis Maga says while the minimum wage (currently $16.50), is not enough to live off and should only have ever been used as […]

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Fuel Truck Drivers’ Strike Turns Into Lively Picket – First Union

By   /  December 21, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  2 Comments

It’s day four of the fuel tanker strike and SouthFuel truck drivers are picketing their workplace.   Bargaining broke down following mediation last week but drivers want to return to the table, and to return to work so have organised a picket for this morning.  SouthFuels delivers fuel and lubricants to the primary industries in […]

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Darker side emerging of exploitation of migrant workers in NZ – First Union

By   /  December 18, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Darker side emerging of exploitation of migrant workers in NZ – First Union

In reference to the New Zealand resident who allegedly brought Samoan nationals to do illegal work for him in the horticultural industry on a regular basis for decades.   FIRST Union’s Pasefika Fono spokesperson Mark Muller says he’s saddened there has been a second human trafficking offence in New Zealand. “It shows how much workers […]

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More fuel tank drivers on strike over overtime allowances – First Union

By   /  December 18, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on More fuel tank drivers on strike over overtime allowances – First Union

While around 180 Pacific Fuel Haul tanker truck drivers have settled their collective, tanker truck drivers at SouthFuels who deliver fuel and lubricants to the primary industries in that region are now on strike over what are standard clauses in their industry.   Members have been on strike since Sunday (1am, 16th December) over what […]

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Workers at Godfrey Hirst carpets have downed tools for the Living Wage – First Union

By   /  November 24, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

The New Zealand workers who make carpets for commercial and residential use at what’s touted as one of the top carpet manufacturers in the world have reached a stalemate with the company over wages and overtime. Sixty members at Godfrey Hirst carpets have fully withdrawn their labour for 48-hours (Thursday and Friday) as partial strike […]

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Workers protest low pay and wage theft at leading computer retailer – First Union

By   /  November 17, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  3 Comments

Today’s ‘black Friday’ sale at New Zealand’s largest computer and I.T. retailer is a dark day indeed for its workers.  It seems PB Tech achieves its bargain basement prices through paying staff low wages. Minimum wage employer PB Tech is also in trouble with its workers over not paying staff for all time worked. The […]

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Bus commuters in Waikato ride for free as drivers call for the Living Wage – FIRST Union

By   /  November 17, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Bus commuters in Waikato ride for free as drivers call for the Living Wage – FIRST Union

Christmas comes early for bus commuters in the Waikato this year as around 120 bus drivers will refuse to accept payment from passengers. Passengers will be receiving free rides on services provided by Go Bus in Hamilton, Te Awamutu and Otorohanga from Monday (19th November) as drivers protest their abysmal wages. Drivers voted to stop […]

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Ambos open to further strike action

By   /  November 15, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Ambos open to further strike action

Ambos open to further strike action as St John reluctant to request more Government funding for staff numbers and pay… Around one thousand ambulance professionals employed by St John have voted to take a sophisticated series of strike actions to ensure patient safety is not put at risk. From tomorrow (14th November) ambulance crews across […]

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Union releases Work Passport for Migrant Workers following Government announcement on workgroup – First Union

By   /  November 7, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Union releases Work Passport for Migrant Workers following Government announcement on workgroup – First Union

FIRST Union and its affiliates; the Union Network of Migrants (UNEMIG) and the Indian Workers’ Association (IWA) have released a handbook for migrant workers in New Zealand to share with their friends and families to help protect migrant workers against exploitation at its biennial conference today in Auckland. The New Zealand Migrant Workers’ Rights Passport […]

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New Zealand bank review: recommended removal of sale targets and tighter government regulations welcomed by finance union – First Union

By   /  November 7, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on New Zealand bank review: recommended removal of sale targets and tighter government regulations welcomed by finance union – First Union

FIRST Union, the Union for bank workers in the private sector, welcomes the release of the joint Reserve Bank of New Zealand and Financial Markets Authority review of conduct and culture in New Zealand’s retail banks. The Union has long campaigned for the removal of sales targets from the New Zealand banking sector, because of […]

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Ambulance workers strike won’t risk patient safety – First Union

By   /  November 2, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Ambulance workers strike won’t risk patient safety – First Union

Nearly a thousand ambulance professionals employed by St John have voted to take a sophisticated series of strike actions to ensure patient safety is not put at risk.   The partial strike actions are in support of a claim to have shift recognition payments.  Ambulance staff work a 12 – hour shift pattern that rotates […]

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