Tomorrow (Friday) FIRST Union members at ANZ are going on strike, speaking out against bank proposals that would be highly disruptive to family life. This update to CTU affiliates details how you can support FIRST Union members involved in the strike.
Information about the dispute is at the base of this page.
1 – Messages of solidarity If you wish, email a short message of solidarity to sam.huggard<mailto:sam.huggard> today or tonight and it will be read out at rallies tomorrow morning. Our members really appreciate this.
2 – Attend a picket There are pickets in the main centres, and smaller actions in regional areas. The details of the pickets are copied below. Continue reading
Unite Union sign on front of 300 Queen Street
(The following history was prepared as part of the contribution by Unite Union to the international fast food workers meeting in New York in early May. Unions officials and workers were fascinated by the story we were able to tell which in many ways was a prequel to the international campaign today.)
All four parts of this series can be downloaded as a single PDF file from here
Extending Unite’s reach
Unite was always looking to ways to bring our members additional benefits. In late 2006, Unite contracted with Te Wananga o Aotearoa – a Maori-led tertiary institution – to offer computer classes for union members. We set up a Unite school in central Auckland and provided classes days and evenings, seven days a week, so our members could attend. A casino worker on a rotating 24-7 shift could enrol and complete a course. For a few years, one of the main buildings in Queen St was named “Unite House” with red flags flying from the roof – much to the consternation of friend and foe alike. Thousands of workers graduated from these courses.
In July 2006, SkyCity casino workers won pay rises of 5-9% after a campaign of two-hour, all-out strikes several times a week combined with rolling strikes by department. The company was taken by surprise at the determination of the SEA-Unite members.
SEA-Unite members join picket in 2006
In late 2006 and 2007, Unite unionised a factory owned by Independent Liquor at the request of some workers. This was a very anti-union employer. Strikes and pickets were needed to get a collective agreement, the first in the company for 20 years. After a while, however, we realised that we were probably getting beyond core business and agreed to allow the Engineers Union which covered workers in other liquor manufacturing plants to take over representation.
Unite also extended its representation with a hotel campaign involving strikes (and occasional lockouts) at a number of hotels in early 2007. The ADT-Armourguard monitoring centre struck on Christmas Eve – the busiest night of the year to secure an improved offer for a renewed collective agreement.
The Unite bargaining team has received a settlement offer of the Collective Employment Agreement from FIRST Security. As a part of the bargaining process members of Unite Union are required to vote on the offer before it can be completed. The offer will be accepted if the union members concerned ratify the settlement by 50% plus one person accept it.
Ratification Meetings have been scheduled on Monday 17 June at:
1300 to 1400
1700 to 1800
1900 to 2000
Location:Unite Union office, 6A Western Springs Rd, Morningside, Auckland
How can I attend these meetings?
On-Shift attendance: Staff who attend a meeting inside their rostered shift will be paid for 2 hours and are required to R.S.V.P to their Manager and Unite Union by Friday 14 June 5pm.
Off-Shift attendance: Staff who attend a meeting outside their shift will be paid for 3 hours. Registration will be required upon attending the meeting.
Unable to attend: Contact Unite Union for copy of the offer and to find out how you can register your vote.
For more information contact Shanna Reeder, Unite Union Security Organiser on 0800 2 Unite or 029-445-5703.
We are now entering bargaining for a new agreement.
Come to a meeting to discuss your claims:
Wednesday 20 February 5pm
Thursday 21 February 5pm
Thursday 21 February 6.15pm
Please choose only one meeting, staff who attend a meeting inside their shift will be paid for 2 hours and need to R.S.V.P to their Manager and Unite Union.
Staff who attend a meeting outside their shift will be paid for 3 hours. The choice is yours.
It is important you attend one of these meetings to have your say!
Riverside Community Centre – Taha Awa
Cnr Bernard St and Peace Ave
Otahuhu (3 minutes from Carbine rd)
See you there!
Unite Security Organiser
Listen to Unite National Director Michael Treen and security delegate Agnes Devon talk about the End INSecurity campaign HERE: http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/morningreport/audio/2540571/regulate-security-firms-union
Unite National Director Mike Treen discussing options during First Security picket in 2011