Unite Union

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This article is about the trade union in New Zealand. For other uses, see Unite (disambiguation).
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Full name Unite Union Inc.
Affiliation NZCTU
Key people
  • Tom Buckley
  • Gerard Hehir
  • Heleyni Pratley
  • Michael Treen
Office location Auckland, New Zealand
Country New Zealand
Website unite.org.nz

Unite Union (Unite) is a trade union in New Zealand. It was the sponsor of the Supersizemypay.com campaign directed towards improving working conditions for fast food workers in the country, in addition to representing other hospitality and retail workers.[1]

Unite is affiliated with the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions.

It was the inspiration for the Australian UNITE Union, which was founded in Melbourne in 2003.

In response to the Key Government's amendment to the Employment Relations Act 2000 allowing small businesses greater liberty to 'hire and fire' workers in the first 90 days, Unite established the 'Rat Patrol' to name and shame companies that abuse the legislation.[2]

Matt McCarten's United Support Services, a company he formed to supply support services to the union, was placed into liquidation on 17 June 2011 owing $92,000 in unpaid taxes to the IRD.[3]

In 2015 Unite engaged in the End Zero Hours campaign, primarily aimed at securing minimum guarantees of hours in union collective employment agreements.[4]

Former Unite Union headquarters in Auckland.


  1. ^ Beat the brands: SuperSizeMyPay part one Archived July 24, 2011, at the Wayback Machine., Unity journal, June 2006, pp12-26
  2. ^ "Unite holds 'Rat Patrol' in Aotea Square". Television New Zealand. Newstalk ZB. 28 February 2009. Retrieved 25 November 2011. 
  3. ^ Matt Nippert (17 June 2011). "McCarten's Unite liquidated". National Business Review. (subscription required (help)). 
  4. ^ "Celebrations after McDonald's ends zero hour contracts". 1 May 2015. Retrieved 28 May 2015. 

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