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ABOUT

The Logistics Workers Network is a pro-worker response to demands for secure employment and dignified work in New Zealand’s distribution centres.  We offer a free, confidential networking system and provide worker-focussed information, access to advocates, and a voice for marginalised workers.  We facilitate workers organising for a better life.

The Logistics Workers Network is an initiative of FIRST Union in recognition of the need to empower people in precarious work and workers who otherwise do not have access to union coverage.  FIRST Union represents over 8,000 transport and logistics workers who organise to better their working conditions.  The Logistics Workers Network stretches beyond the traditional union model to allow collaboration of union members and those in precarious work.

There will be regular communications for all workers who sign up.

Join the Logistics Workers Network today.

General enquiries:

Email: info@logisticsworkersnetwork.org.nz

 

YOUR RIGHTS

YOUR RIGHT TO REFUSE UNSAFE WORK

If there is a hazard in your workplace you have the following rights:

• The right to refuse unsafe work
• The right to organise workers around the issue and take it up with the boss
• The right to ask a trained health & safety rep to take enforcement steps
• The right to contact a Worksafe Inspector
• The right to go on strike in some circumstances

Contact Worksafe on 0800 030 040 or visit the Worksafe website

 

BELONGING TO A UNION IS A BASIC HUMAN RIGHT

Everyone has the right to decent and productive work, in conditions of freedom, equity, security and human dignity. Unions ensure that, as a worker, your voice is heard, your views are respected and your rights under the law are upheld.

• Employees have the right to decide whether to join a union and, if so, which union. It is illegal for an employer (or anyone else) to put unreasonable pressure on an employee to not join a union.

• Once employees have joined a union, employers must, if asked, enter into bargaining for a collective agreement with that union.

• Unions exist for workers to support each other so that they don’t have to face problems on their own. When workers act together they have strength and safety in numbers and have a better chance of getting what they need at work and beyond.

• Unions are democratically run by their members. Union members elect union representatives (delegates) from workplaces, and make decisions on things like how the union is run, and what to focus on when negotiating with the employer.

Contact FIRST Union on 0800 863 477 or visit the FIRST Union website

 

MINIMUM EMPLOYMENT RIGHTS

Employees can’t be asked to agree to less than the minimum rights. An employee is anyone who has agreed to be employed, under a contract of service, to work for some form of payment. This can include wages, salary, commission and piece rates.

 
Contact the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment on 0800 20 90 20 or visit the MBIE website

 

GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE FOR LOW PAID/CASUAL WORKERS

Depending on your living situation and income you may be eligible for some Work and Income assistance.

    • Accommodation Supplement
    • Disability Allowance
    • Temporary Additional Support
    • Advance Payment of Benefit
    • Special Needs Grants
    • Working for Families

 
For more information contact AAAP on 09 634 0591 visit the AAAP website

 

 

 

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CONTACT

GENERAL ENQUIRIES

Email: info@logisticsworkersnetwork.org.nz

Phone: (Jared) 021 617 131

 

CONTACT FIRST UNION

Email: support.centre@firstunion.org.nz

Phone: 0800 863 477 (0800 TO FIRST)

Office: 120 Church Street, Onehunga, Auckland 1061

Post: Private Bag 92904, Onehunga, Auckland 1643

 

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