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Putting Workers First

MembersThe National Distribution Union and Finsec joined forces on 1 October 2011 to form one of New Zealand’s newest unions – FIRST Union. 

We are 27,000 workers in Finance, Industrial (Textile and Wood) Retail, Stores & Transport, who have come together to get a better deal at work.

If you’re not a member of the union, join today to win higher pay, better conditions and have more say at work.

Read the articles below to read about what's happening in FIRST Union, or click here to view all the latest news.




Funding crisis forces ambulance staff to strike

Date of Release: 
Monday, October 17, 2016

Over 1000 Ambulance officers across New Zealand have issued a 14 day notice of industrial action at St John Ambulance.  

The strike comes after an attempt by St John to squeeze more out of already stretched front-line staff.Ambulance Professionals First co-ordinator Lynette Blacklaws said the strike is for the safety of staff and their patients. 

“Taking a stand is the most responsible thing we can do.”

Strike: Disruption expected to Thin Lizzy supply as workers take action

Date of Release: 
Monday, October 10, 2016


Distribution centre workers at Brand Developers TV Shop, the company supplying Thin Lizzy products and selling popular advertorial brands like the Transforma Ladder, will return to the picket line after executive director Paul Meier failed to return to the negotiating table with an acceptable offer of secure work hours and fair pay.

“Today’s strike coincides with a stocktake. We expect disruption to supply. No one wanted it to come to this but the company is leaving the workers with no choice,” said FIRST Union organiser Kate Davis.

Company directors must be held to account for exam failures – migrant workers’ network

Date of Release: 
Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The directors of the International Academy of New Zealand (IANZ), an Auckland-based education provider accused of falsifying English language test results, should be held responsible for poor exam results, a migrant workers’ advocate said.

“After sitting an official re-exam up to 70 IANZ students have fallen well short of passing,” said Union Network of Migrants (UNEMIG) co-ordinator Dennis Maga.

“Now the students are at risk of being deported.”

“This never should have happened. The Government needs to step in and regulate the education market,” said Maga.

Bank branch closures roundup: Westpac closes 19, ANZ looks at closing 7

Date of Release: 
Thursday, September 22, 2016
  • Westpac confirms it will close nineteen branches across the country;
  • ANZ closes its Ngaruawahia branch and is consulting on plans to close six more branches;
  • The bank workers union says many of its members are nervous about their futures and asking ‘who’s next?’

The bank workers union says its members at the country’s major banks fear for their futures after Westpac confirmed it will close nineteen branches across New Zealand.

“Our members in the branches are asking ‘who’s next,’” said FIRST Union national organiser Tali Williams.

ANZ closes Ngaruawahia branch… then proposes two more branch closures

Date of Release: 
Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The union representing working people at the country’s major banks says ANZ has confirmed it will close the Ngaruawahia branch while proposing closures at a further two branches.

This comes only a week after the bank proposed closures at the Massey University branch in Palmerston North, Milton, Otorohanga and Te Aroha branches.

“ANZ is consulting on another proposal to close branches in the heartland, this time in Hokitika and Waitara,” said FIRST Union national organiser Tali Williams.

“But wait… There’s more” – TV Shop workers take strike action

Date of Release: 
Friday, September 16, 2016

If you call the TV Shop to order a Transforma Ladder or a Bambillo Pillow tomorrow, you might not get an answer as the company’s call centre and distribution centre workers take to the picket line calling on company owner Paul Meier to offer fair pay and secure work hours.   

“The TV Shop is creaming it, but the people who do the work of selling and moving its brands are expected to survive on little more than the minimum wage and a roster that changes from week to week,” said FIRST Union organiser Kate Davis.


IRIS Superannuation Scheme 2016 Annual Report

Article Date: 
Thursday, October 13, 2016

The scheme’s Annual Report for the year to 31 March 2016 is out now. 

The Annual Report shows the financial position of the scheme at 31 March and how well the investments have performed during the financial year.

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