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.
The chief executive of the Australian company that owns Brake and Transmissions (BNT) recently described Kiwi workers as a ‘pimple on a pumpkin’ when questioned about workers protesting the low wages the company pay in New Zealand.1
These low-paid workers are seeking a wage increase after months of negotiations. Despite being amongst the lowest paid in their industry, BNT is refusing to deal with them fairly.
Support BNT workers and sign the open letter to the New Zealand manager Martin Storey telling him to get back to the table and negotiate a wage that workers can live off.
To Martin Storey:
The people who work at your New Zealand stores just want a fair go.
As your customers, and potential customers, we’re asking you to do the right thing by these Kiwis and their families, get back to the negotiating table, and offer them a wage they can live on.
It’s the right thing to do for these workers and for your business.
Update: After an incredible year of campaigning the Pike River Families are now on the path to truth and justice. This is the kind of historic victory we can achieve together. Sign up to share this victory and to help win for other Kiwis by standing Together.
Twenty-nine men lost their lives when the Pike River mine exploded in 2010. The Government made all sorts of promises to do everything they could to get the boys back.
Instead, late last year, they started to permanently seal the mine without trying to recover any remains or evidence. That’s despite many international mining experts saying the drift - the 2.3km tunnel leading up to the mine - could be safely re-entered and may contain evidence and remains.
The Government wants to seal off Pike River and forget about it. But the families of the men killed there, their communities, and the majority of Kiwis won’t let Pike be forgotten.
Sign the open letter asking Prime Minister Bill English to do the right thing by the families of Pike River and work with them to recover the drift.
Update: We have won Together! Thank you to all who have supported the Pike Families. Please, if you haven't signed the open letter please do - this has been a huge win, but together we can do even more.
To the Right Honourable Bill English,
On 19 November 2010, 29 men died in their workplace. Your predecessor, John Key, promised to do everything possible to recover them.
Now you’re planning to seal off the mine with their bodies still inside - while vital evidence about what happened there remains undiscovered.
That’s not right. We urge you to stick by...
Equal pay affects everyone: the recent uni grad just starting her first job, the mum who is taking a couple of years out of paid work to raise her children, to school support and social workers.
Treat Her Right is about all of us. We still need your voice, and as many voices as possible, so we make 2017 the year that equal pay became real.
Will you join with us to make this happen?
- I support equal pay in every workplace.
- I want equal pay for women now.
Women work hard for the money, so let’s treat them right.