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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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Ritchies drivers in Auckland join bus strikes – First Union

By   /  May 16, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

Ritchies drivers in Auckland join bus strikes as warnings fall on deaf ears Around 70 Ritchies Murphy drivers are to strike tomorrow morning as disputes over work and pay conditions roll to a stop. This follows strike action from members at multiple Go Bus and Pavlovich depots. Ritchies Murphy Transport is an affiliate company of […]

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Kiwifruit Workers Alliance Launched – First Union

By   /  May 10, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Kiwifruit Workers Alliance Launched – First Union

While the business community’s response to a worker shortage in the Bay of Plenty is well known, workers who’re dealing with these issues every day have not yet had their say.   In response to concerns workers have raised with us, FIRST Union is launching The Kiwifruit Workers Alliance. The Alliance will provide a voice […]

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Bus drivers in Te Awamutu and Otorohanga to strike – First Union

By   /  May 8, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Bus drivers in Te Awamutu and Otorohanga to strike – First Union

Quiet, modest and semi-retired bus drivers are today talking picketing strategies following failed negotiations with Go Bus. Morale is high, but for most it’s their first strike. This follows industrial action from NZ Bus and Pavlovich members walking off the job over low pay and concerning work conditions in the last few weeks. This time, […]

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Government needs to consult with bus drivers if it wants to get its transport plan right – First Union

By   /  April 26, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  2 Comments

The government’s announcement of a whopping $28 billion dollars toward public transport today comes as another strike notice is issued from bus drivers. Birkenhead drivers are the latest scheduled to take part in strike action as more bus company drivers join disputes over unfair bus driver pay and unsafe work conditions. Around 50 drivers will […]

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Global agreement singing good news for New Zealand Toll workers – First Union

By   /  April 26, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Global agreement singing good news for New Zealand Toll workers – First Union

FIRST Union attended the signing of a unique, global collective agreement with transport, logistics and warehousing giant, Toll. The signing in Singapore last night facilitated by the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) on behalf of affiliated unions ensures safe and fair working conditions for the company’s 44,000 employees across 50 countries. FIRST Union is pleased […]

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Union members from yet another bus company to strike – First Union

By   /  April 19, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

Pavlovich drivers are the latest to take part in strike action as disputes over bus driver pay and work conditions continue to heat up. Around 60 drivers will strike between 7 am and 9 am tomorrow (19th April) and will instead be picketing their workplace at Pavlovich Coachlines, 58B Carr Rd Mount Roskill. Media are […]

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Because workers are worth it – First Union

By   /  April 11, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Because workers are worth it – First Union

Union members at one of L’Oréal’s distribution centres have won their pay battle …and more. L’Oréal is showing businesses how it’s done in a workers world dominated by the business bottom dollar after workers at its distribution centre in Mangere won the right to be paid a Living Wage following the threat of strike action. […]

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FIRST Union hopeful The Warehouse might not close its Kaikohe branch

By   /  April 5, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

The union representing The Warehouse workers is hopeful for a resolution this afternoon after being informed the company has re-opened negotiations with its landlord. The company advised the Kaikohe store’s 60 full and part time workers yesterday of an impending closure in June, saying they could not renew their lease, but FIRST Union understands a […]

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Office drinking water providers to strike – First Union

By   /  March 30, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Office drinking water providers to strike – First Union

Gossip around the water filter just became about the water filter itself. New Zealand’s leading supplier of drinking water to the corporate sector – Just Water – is refusing to negotiate better work conditions. It’s resulted in members commencing full-withdrawal strike action on Thursday 29th March from 4:30 am to 11 pm. FIRST Union spokesperson […]

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Bus drivers warn of looming bus dispute – First Union

By   /  March 2, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Bus drivers warn of looming bus dispute – First Union

One of the unions representing Auckland’s bus drivers is calling on Auckland Transport to “pull it’s bus operators into line” in order to avoid disruptions to public transport. Several disputes between bus drivers and their employers are looming after drivers voted to take industrial action at a number of major companies providing bus services in […]

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Workers relieved as new sawmill comes to Gisborne – First Union

By   /  February 8, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Workers relieved as new sawmill comes to Gisborne – First Union

Workers relieved as new sawmill comes to Gisborne The union representing dozens of sawmill workers whose jobs hang in the balance at JNL say they are pleased to see Far East Sawmills announce a move to Gisborne that could see up to 60 new jobs created. The move comes after JNL announced two weeks ago […]

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Labour-hire bill could lift thousands out of poverty – First Union

By   /  February 6, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  4 Comments

One of New Zealand’s largest trade unions is welcoming a private member’s bill that could give security to thousands of labour-hire workers. Labour MP Kieran McAnulty’s Employment Relations (Triangular Employment) Amendment Bill was pulled from the ballot on Thursday and will ensure workers in triangular employment can enjoy collective agreement coverage and personal grievance rights. […]

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Fed-up truckies working 70 hour weeks – First Union

By   /  December 12, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  3 Comments

The union representing the country’s truck drivers says low wages are forcing some truck drivers to clock working weeks up to 70 hours long. “Everyone is entitled to a wage they can live on and no one should have to work up to 70 hours a week to earn it, especially in the lead-up to […]

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Union warns labour-hire ‘abusers’ after court finding – First Union

By   /  December 2, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Union warns labour-hire ‘abusers’ after court finding – First Union

FIRST Union, the union representing thousands of labour-hire workers in the logistics industry, is warning major retail chains and logistics companies that the days of exploiting triangular employment arrangements are over. Triangular employment is where an employer, for example a labour-hire company, contracts the services of their employee to a host company, for example a […]

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