Workers at seafood processing company Sanford in Bluff have been shocked to learn the company plans to cut almost half of the jobs at the site and move production out of town. There has been no discussion, no consultation and no clue this was about to happen.
Sanford often like to boast about the social and economic benefits their presence brings to Bluff. To say that and do this feels like an insult, and the workers at Sanford want your help to send a message to the company.
I stand with the Bluff community and call on Sanford to retain all jobs in Bluff and enter immediate discussions with E tū union and the community on a path forward that ensures a just transition for workers and their families.
The Government is changing the law controlling loan sharks. All of the changes are good, but they’ve missed out the one big change that’s needed to make a real difference - an interest rate cap.
The good news is we live in a democracy and, before the law is finalised, you can help fix it!
We’ve made that easy. You can make your submission right here. We’ve drafted some text to start with but feel free to add your words to it – if you personalise it, it will count as an individual submission. If you want to get into a bit more detail, BERL has produced a full report on this issue.  [http://www.together.org.nz/berl]
And please, if you can, make sure you tell them you want to appear in person. It’s a very powerful way to speak up for what’s right.
Our workplaces can be somewhere we make a difference to climate change. Wednesday 26 June is the International Trade Union Confederation's Global Day of Workplace Action: CPOW - Climate Proof Our Work. As our part of the worldwide drive to stabilise the planet at a 1.5 degree average temperature increase by 2030, sign up and invite your employer to a meeting to discuss how we can climate proof the work you currently do.
On 26 June CPOW is a small, practical way to show that our workplaces can make a positive difference to climate change. There are four steps we are asking workplaces to take:
1) Sign up to the World Day of Action and agree to have a meeting involving workers and your boss about what - however small - your workplace can do about climate change.
2) Then send a formal letter to your employer inviting them to a meeting. (We will send you a model letter to use).
3) Take a photo from the meeting on the 26th and post...
Every day in New Zealand predatory lending leaves people suffering under huge interest rates and penalties. That's money going into loan sharks' profits when it should be going into putting food on the table, paying the rent, or vital visits to the doctor.
It's wrong and the Government is taking steps to fix it with a new law. There's only one problem. Without an interest rate cap the law won't work.
Tell the Government, and the Minister in charge of this legislation Kris Faafoi, that to do the right thing they need to put an interest rate cap on the loan sharks that are hurting our families.
To the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs,
We know you want to do the right thing by the many people and their families who are being preyed on by loan sharks. Please, take the one simple step that will achieve this: introduce an interest rate cap.
Please, let's stop loan sharks together.
The strong demand for people who can work in the construction industry means there are currently thousands of overseas workers in New Zealand helping to build much-needed homes. But the work visas that these people are given expose them to greater risk of exploitation.
The Government has committed to do more to protect migrant workers. That's why we're asking the Government to issue longer work visas and spare migrant workers from uncertainty and pressure of immigration costs.
To the Hon Iain Lees-Galloway - Minister of Immigration
I implore you to start issuing 3-year work visas to migrant workers in the construction industry. We also need you to introduce better pay rates and regulation of pastoral care providers to address the current living conditions of many of migrant workers.
The contribution migrant workers make to Aotearoa-New Zealand’s housing and construction needs is invaluable. By making these three changes - 3 year visas, better pay rates, and regulation of pastoral care providers - you will support their vital contribution to our country by protecting them from exploitation, undue stress,...
People working at Sistema do 60 hours a week for minimum wage, minimum sick leave, with minimum health and safety. With this company it’s all about providing the very least they can without breaking the law. People leave exhausted and in tears. It’s not right.
You’ll know the name Sistema - it’s pretty likely to be stamped on food containers, water jugs and other plastics in your kitchen. People like you are their customers. They rely on you to make a profit.
That means when you speak their CEO will listen. Use that power. Put your name to an open letter to Sistema’s CEO telling him to negotiate a CEA with decent pay and conditions.
To Drew Muirhead
You need to pay your staff properly. Sit down with them and negotiate a decent collective employment agreement. It’s the right thing to do for them, and for your company’s brand.
In 2015 Helen Kelly agreed to let documentary maker Tony Sutorius - the award winning director of Campaign - into her life to document her last year of activism.
The result is Helen Kelly: Together - a stunning affirmation of both her dedication to justice, and her friendships with those she fought alongside.
Equal parts moving and inspiring, funny and tragic, Helen Kelly: Together is as much about what it is to be a Kiwi as it is about Helen’s astounding life. It is a cultural landmark and a piece of New Zealand’s film history.
You can sign up here for news about the film including the chance to attend the premiere. Please, join us to become part of Helen Kelly: Together.
YES! I want to be a part of Helen Kelly: Together
A Government working group has now reported back on how we could set fair minimum pay and other terms and conditions for people working in specific industries or job categories - or Fair Pay Agreements.
For too long now, we’ve seen New Zealanders in full time work and families on on double incomes struggling to get by. We can reverse the decline of the last 30 years. We can draw a line in the sand about what a fair deal is for working people.
We need a new set of rules about how work will be organised and Fair Pay Agreements give us that chance.
To the Coalition Government:
Getting Fair Pay right will mean working people and their families are better off, a better competitive environment for businesses who want to invest and innovate, and a larger share of New Zealand’s wealth flowing back into our communities.
We need Fair Pay Agreements that:
● Cover all working people in an industry so that no business can make low wages and low investment a competitive advantage.
● Encourage skills training, and workforce investment so that we can do better as working people and as a nation.
Nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants around the country are awaiting the latest offer from District Health Boards in their collective agreement negotiations. Nurses want to achieve pay rates that provide for a sustainable workforce, and healthy workplaces.
DHBs need to pay nursing and midwifery teams delivering our healthcare services fairly for their skills. We need to retain and attract enough healthcare professionals to meet our country’s growing health needs and ensure we all have a high quality, safe modern healthcare system in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Dear District Health Board Chief Executives
Nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants are the heart of our public healthcare services.
Their skills, hard work and compassion keep all New Zealanders happy, safe, and healthy.
I support better pay and healthy workplaces in our public healthcare services for our precious nursing and midwifery teams.
Please keep our local health services safe and sustainable by delivering our nurses a better deal.
On a bus anywhere in the Wellington region, you hear it all the time - “thank you, driver” - as passengers get off at their stop. We say it because we appreciate our bus service - a good bus network and great drivers make a huge contribution to the life of our cities.
But, for something that is so important, we’re treating the people who drive us poorly.
Greater Wellington Regional Council has re-contracted many of the region’s routes to a new provider - Tranzit. Most drivers on these routes have lost their jobs, those who have got work with Tranzit are facing much worse terms and conditions. And Tranzit are refusing to negotiate with their union. Meanwhile Wellington's bus service is in chaos because of this, and the regional council is pretending it's not their problem.
Let's hold the regional council to account and make them fix the damage they've done. Please sign and say thank you driver!
I value the contribution that bus drivers make to the bus network in the Wellington region.
Wellington’s bus drivers should not have their jobs taken from them or get paid less to do the same work when the Wellington Regional Council makes a decision to change the bus contracting company.
I want Greater Wellington Regional Council to provide job security for Wellington’s current bus drivers.
And I want the Greater Wellington Regional Council to show they value bus drivers too, and make sure that bus drivers are protected and have security.