Joe Ruther

  • signed I ❤️ Nurses 2018-01-24 13:16:20 +1300

    I ❤ Nurses

    Nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants around the country have rejected 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. The DHBs have agreed to continue with mediation with NZNO to try and resolve the issues raised.

    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.

    Please help our nursing and midwifery teams guarantee the future of our health services and show we really value the care they deliver to our communities, whānau and friends.

    15,649 signatures

    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.

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  • signed I'll Remember 2017-11-14 12:39:18 +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. 

    2,396 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! 2017-10-25 04:38:31 +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 2017-06-06 09:05:29 +1200

    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!

    9,097 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.

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  • signed stand with pike 2017-02-16 11:25:39 +1300

    Together we have won for Pike families!

    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.

    17,289 signatures

    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 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.


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  • signed treat her right 2017-08-12 12:47:53 +1200

    It’s time to pay the sisters the same as the misters!

    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?

    8,595 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.

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  • signed Equal Pay 2016-10-07 01:28:51 +1300

    Equal Pay

    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?

    3,930 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:

    1. Implement the agreed Equal Pay Principles
    2. Settle the equal pay claim brought by Kristine Bartlett on behalf of all caregivers
    3. Allocate funding so that equal pay claims can be settled.

    I want you to know I'm right beside you taking those next steps.

    Yours sincerely

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  • signed Talleys 2016-07-15 14:29:03 +1200

    Tell Talley’s to do the right thing

    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.

    10,199 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.


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