It’s time to Treat Her Right
Right now 55,000 workers across the aged residential, disability and home support sectors are considering a historic proposed equal pay settlement that can lift care and support workers’ pay to between $19.00 and $23.50 from 1 July, rising to between $21.50 and $27.00 in July 2021.
This is a huge win and will make a real difference in valuing the work of care and support workers and the people they support.
But it is still only one part of the workforce - a big part, but only one. Based on current figures, it’s still going to take 45 years before all women will be paid equally.
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?7,974 signatures
- 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.
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.15,756 signatures
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 your Government’s commitment to the families of the Pike River miners: to leave the mine open, and work with them to safely recover the drift and any remains of their lost ones it contains, along with any evidence that could finally determine what caused this disaster
It’s the right thing to do.
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 ditched the current bus companies from many of the region’s routes. The drivers on those routes are about to lose their jobs - they have no idea if they will get work with the new contractors. Even if they do, they may be forced to work for less money or under worse conditions.
So, let’s show the Regional Council that - unlike them - we appreciate our bus drivers. Please sign and say thank you driver!5,046 signatures
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 if they decide to change the company who provides the bus service, then bus drivers are protected and have security.
Public tertiary education gives all New Zealanders the opportunity to develop skills, learn trades, and create knowledge which helps our families, communities and economy.
But Paul Goldsmith, the Minister for Tertiary Education, is trying to change the law to take public funds away from our universities, polytechs and wānanga and hand them to private companies who are more concerned with profit than providing quality education.
Together, let’s make sure tertiary education stays public, local and focused on learning.3,665 signatures
This would be the single biggest change to tertiary education funding in a generation. If enough of us speak out, then together we can stop it happening.
By pledging to support public tertiary education you will be adding your voice to the many others that want to keep tertiary education public, local, and focused on learning, not profit.
Tertiary education belongs to all of us. Now is the time to tell Paul Goldsmith you want it to stay that way.
For over 80 years, Cadbury has been a part of Dunedin's culture. More than 400 people work there and that helps their families and their communities, and dozens of Dunedin businesses.
And it's good for Cadbury too - they're doing well out of it.
But Cadbury’s parent company, Mondelez International, wants to make more by shifting this factory out of New Zealand. They get a bit more money but everyone else loses a lot.
For Mondelez this is about profit. Plain and simple. But they need people like us to make that profit. And if enough of us tell their Director of Manufacturing ANZ Jason Bonisoli that leaving Dunedin is a deal-breaker, they'll have to listen.
Let’s show them that all Kiwis stand together with Cadbury workers. Sign the open letter.11,057 signatures
To Jason Bonisoli,
The Cadbury Factory in Dunedin is a profitable business and a vital part of our local economy. For every job lost, dozens more people are affected. The closure of the plant will be a devastating blow to the local community and economy.
You rely on customers like us to keep your profit up, and abandoning Dunedin is a deal-breaker for us and for all New Zealanders.
We, the undersigned, ask you to reverse your decision and keep Cadbury's Dunedin factory open. It's good business and it's the right thing to do.
A good and secure home is fundamental to our wellbeing but for people who rent our tenancy laws offer no stability. This disrupts our families, schools and communities. Back the Green Party's Bill to guarantee all kiwis have a secure home and a fair deal.2,018 signatures
Our current tenancy laws allow unfair rent increases and evictions with little notice. This condemns renters to a life of uncertainty that impacts on their jobs, schooling, neighbourhood and community.
Renting is no longer temporary or short-term, hundreds of thousands of families are locked out of home-ownership and it's time our renting laws caught up.
The Green Party's Bill will make the standard tenancy three years with renters having the first right of refusal to renew. It will also control rent increases and end letting fees. Please support the Bill to bring renting into the 21st century:
We urge parliament to pass into law the Residential Tenancies (Safe and Secure Rentals) Amendment Bill to ensure that every family has a secure and stable home, regardless of whether they rent or own their own home.
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St John Ambulance staff across New Zealand are taking action to highlight the risks posed to themselves and the public from the current state of the Ambulance service. Sign the open letter to St John CEO Peter Bradley to show your support.8,956 signatures
To Peter Bradley,
Assaults on single-crewed ambulance staff, prolonged work-periods without rest breaks, and patient welfare put at risk are now common occurrences in the service. With adequate staff and funding these issues are easily resolved.
Please do the right thing by your staff and the people they care for and ensure:
Ambulances are fully crewed with skilled staff so that patients get the best care possible and Ambulance Professionals are safe in vulnerable situations.
Ambulance Professionals get rest and meal breaks to ensure that they are fit to make the right decisions on the job to save lives.
Ambulance Professionals are fairly rewarded for the service they provide.
We stand in support of Ambulance Professionals in their fight for fair work conditions.
123 years since women got the vote, the Government has finally agreed to adopt equal pay principles. That's step one down, now there's two more to go.
We're sending a message to Parliament to support equal pay.
Will you add your name to it?3,892 signatures
To the Female MPs of New Zealand
On the 19th of September you received a white flower in celebration of Suffrage Day. 123 years on from the enfranchisement of women in Aotearoa, it's time to really tackle the suffrage movement's next big issue - Equal Pay.
And doing that is easy as 1, 2, 3:
- Implement the agreed Equal Pay Principles
- Settle the equal pay claim brought by Kristine Bartlett on behalf of all caregivers
- Allocate funding so that equal pay claims can be settled.
I want you to know I'm right beside you taking those next steps.
Bertie Ratu and Tony Mudgway are standing for Jobs that Count - will you chip in for billboards to make the campaign even bigger?
Jobs that Count is authorised by Graham Cooke, 68 Langdons Road, Papanui, Christchurch 8053Donate
Please chip in to publish the open letter to Peter Talley.
Together we can make sure the voices of workers at Talley's AFFCO and their supporters are heard!Donate
The Government is trying to pass a law that puts retail workers’ Easter Sunday at risk. Peter Dunne and Te Ururoa Flavell can stop this happening. Sign the petition to tell them to put family ahead of shopping.5,425 signatures
To Peter Dunne and Te Ururoa Flavell,
Having a few days in the year when people are completely free to spend time with their family and friends is so very important. There's enough pressure on people to fill their lives with work as it is - being able to take a little time for yourself and your loved ones is a vital part of who we are.
The Shop Trading Hours Amendment Bill puts one of these precious protected days at risk for Kiwis who work in retail.
We urge you to do right by working New Zealanders and their families and vote against this Bill.
Please, choose family over shopping.
Right now Porirua City Council is considering submissions on becoming a living wage city. That would mean better lives for their workers and their families, more money in the local economy, and another reason for Porirua to be proud.274 signatures
Unfortunately some councillors won’t back this simple and fair proposal. But together we can let them know that it’s what their voters, and all Kiwis, want.
Will you sign the petition for a living wage in Porirua?
To: Nick Leggett, 'Ana Coffey, Ken Douglas, Anita Baker, Bronwyn Kropp, Euon Murrell, Tim Sheppard, Luafataali'i Ah Hoi, Izzy Ford, Denys Latham, John Burke
We urge you to adopt the living wage at the Porirua City Council. It’s the right thing to do for your staff, for Porirua’s economy, and for the people who voted for you.
Please, make Porirua and all of New Zealand proud - give us a living wage city.
Sir Peter Talley isn't listening to his workers, but he’ll listen to his community and his customers. Sign the petition to tell him to do the Kiwi thing and negotiate properly with the people who make his business successful.10,187 signatures
To Sir Peter Talley
You and your family have been part of the fabric of New Zealand's society for decades. But your response to the Kiwis working in your Talley's AFFCO meat-plants is out of line with our values as New Zealanders.
We are the people who live in your community, who buy your products, who have helped you and your family do so well for so long. Now we ask that you do the right thing by the Kiwis who work at AFFCO and:
- Listen to your workers and accept their right to join unions and bargain as a group.
- Negotiate fairly with your workers’ chosen representatives.
- Give workers real input into health and safety.
We know you consider yourself to be a good New Zealander. It's time to live up to that.