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FIRST Union

Previously known as National Distribution Union (NDU) and Finsec Union.


Bargaining Skills Training: Course No 483

Contact: Barbara Moses (04) 801 2008

A one-day course aimed at providing union delegates with the necessary development, skills and knowledge to effectively participate in their enterprise collective bargaining team.

Participants who have completed this course will be able to demonstrate acquired bargaining skills, primarily:

  • the ability to work within a bargaining team in a planned and effective manner;
  • understand good faith relationships with particular reference to the official code of good faith on bargaining;
  • the ability as part of a group, to plan a strategy for bargaining;
  • the ability to follow an agreed strategy and to work towards a successful outcome; and
  • understand the primary principles of the law surrounding bargaining from initiating through to ratification.

First approved: 18 May 2014

Subsequent approval for three years: 21 June 2017

This course is also approved for use by NZCTU and affiliated Unions.


Organising in Our Workplace: Course No 494

Contact: Barbara Moses (04) 801 2008

The target group for this one day workshop is FIRST Union delegates who have already completed the two day ‘Introduction to being a union delegate’ course, or who have some experience but need advancing.

Participants may come from the range of sectors which the FIRST Union covers including clothing, retail, finance, wood, transport, energy and stores sectors. This course is designed to use practical and participative education methods to ensure that literacy levels are not a barrier to learning.

The training has two broad aims:

  • to give delegates a more advanced understanding of organising in their workplace, and
  • to build delegates’ confidence in taking a stronger workplace leadership role.

By the end of the workshop, delegates will be able to:

  • identify what an organised workplace is like, and why this is necessary
  • facilitate membership meetings and present information to members and non-members
  • overcome barriers they may face in their role
  • encourage other members to take up basic leadership tasks in their workplace, and
  • approach all key delegates’ tasks with greater confidence.

Course approved for a period of 3 years from 6 April 2016.

This course is also approved for use by NZCTU and affiliated Unions.


Introduction to Being a Union Delegate: Course No 495

Contact: Barbara Moses (04) 801 2008

The target group for this two day workshop is the new FIRST Union delegates, or those who have not completed formal training before. Participants may come from the range of sectors which the FIRST Union covers including clothing, retail, finance, wood, transport, energy and stores sectors. This course is designed to use practical and participative methods to ensure that literacy levels are not a barrier to learning.

By the end of the workshop, delegates will be able to:

  • outline the role and achievements of the FIRST Union
  • analyse issues in their workplace
  • actively communicate with their workmates, members and non-members
  • come up with a plan for resolving major workplace issues
  • represent workers issues to their manager or supervisor
  • demonstrate an understanding of the collective bargaining process and their role within this
  • find information in their collective agreement in order to answer members basic questions
  • outline basic union rights, and
  • approach key delegate tasks with greater confidence based on new or updated skill and knowledge.

Course approved for a period of 3 years from 6 April 2016.

This course is also approved for use by NZCTU and affiliated Unions.

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