Paul Watson

  • signed Fair Pay Charter 2018-06-19 20:04:34 +1200

    A Working People's Charter for Fair Pay

    Our Government has tasked a new group to look at 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.

     

    1,301 signatures

    To the Fair Pay Agreement Working Group:

    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.

    ● Rein the cowboys and fly-by-night operators who exploit working people and undermine good employment, harming good business and our regional economies.

    ● Get fair pay and a fair deal back to the working people who hold up our industries so they can have stable, happy and healthy lives again.

    You have the opportunity to make an enormous positive difference to New Zealanders and to our economy. Please make the most of this opportunity to build better lives for all of us.

    Sincerely,

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  • signed I'll Remember 2017-12-20 05:56:22 +1300

    I'll remember the 14th of November

     

    Because of our gender pay imbalance, the 14th of November is the day in 2017 most women in New Zealand effectively start working for free.

    Our new coalition Government have said they will change that.

    Let’s show the Government we support them to deliver better equal pay law by 14 November 2018 - so we can celebrate that day as a milestone for equal pay. 

    2,602 signatures

    Dear Iain, Tracey, and Julie Anne

    I’ll remember the 14th of November 2017 as the day of the year on which most women in New Zealand effectively start working for free. So I am joining the countdown to the 14th of November 2018, when we’ll celebrate having an equal pay law that does what it says it’s going to do- puts the agreed equal pay principles into the 1972 Equal Pay Act and makes it faster and easier for women to get paid fairly for their work.

    Between now and then, I’ll do everything I can to support you to work together to get that law through Parliament. You can count on me. And on the 14th of November 2018, I’ll be in touch so we can look back at what we’ve achieved to reset the gender pay imbalance in New Zealand.  

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  • signed Dunedin Wants to Keep Easter Free! 2017-11-12 16:59:49 +1300

    Dunedin Wants to Keep Easter Free!

    On the 13th of November Dunedin City Council is hearing submissons on it's new Easter Trading Policy. Their website shows a dozen submissions - many from big retailers. There's still time to show them what we all really think. 

    823 signatures

    I think Dunedin City Council should keep the current restrictions around Easter Sunday Shop Trading.

    To allow a wholesale right for shops to open on Easter Sunday is unwarranted and will inevitably put  pressure on staff to work in an environment where there is already only 3 1/2 days people can’t shop in this country.  

    Easter Sunday should remain a day for retail staff to have rest and recreation and be able to spend time with friends and family, attend religious observances and should not be over ridden by commercial imperatives.

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  • signed Thank You Driver 2017-10-06 13:17:31 +1300

    Thank You Driver

    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!

    9,571 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 bus drivers are protected and have security.

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  • signed BNT 2017-03-21 22:31:22 +1300

    Stop the BNT Rip-Off!

    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.

    2,447 signatures

    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.

    Yours,

     

    1. http://www.stuff.co.nz/taranaki-daily-news/business/89287344/Brake-and-Transmission-workers-third-walk-out-over-stalled-pay-talks

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  • signed westpac 2016-09-01 15:57:24 +1200

    Keep the Westpac branches

    Despite making profits of nearly half a billion dollars in the last half year, Aussie banking giant, Westpac, is proposing to shut 19 of its branches - many of them in New Zealand's heartland. First union is standing up for Westpac workers and for the communities that rely on them. Join us to tell Simon Power, the head of Consumer Banking at Westpac not to abandon our communities.

    811 signatures

    To Simon Power:

    Don't close our branches. They are an integral part of our communities - many of them are in New Zealand's heartland. Pulling out of towns like Raglan and Ranfurly is a vote of no confidence in our heartland and will lead to New Zealanders losing confidence in your bank.

    Westpac talks about being a good corporate citizen. Making dozens of workers redundant, and leaving your customers with nothing but "smart" ATMs and internet banking are not the actions of a good corporate citizen. For the people who work at Westpac, for your customers in regional New Zealand, for your own reputation, please leave these branches open.

    Yours,

     

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