Ben Tichborne

  • signed I'll Remember 2017-11-25 12:09:19 +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. 

    2,280 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 Save the SaveMart Workers 2017-09-21 09:22:03 +1200

    Save the SaveMart Workers

    It should be okay to ask for better health and safety at work and it should be okay for people to do it together. But at SaveMart - it isn’t

    At the secondhand clothing store 10 women have been told they’ll be sacked in 4 weeks, after they asked in union for protective gloves when sorting donated clothes.

    We’re calling on SaveMart owner Tom Doonan to prove he has any respect of the people who work for him and give back the jobs he has taken away.

     

    6,550 signatures

    To SaveMart owner Tom Doonan

    I am asking you to save the jobs of the 10 workers you have targeted to sack because they raised a health and safety concern at work.

    You need to prove that you can respond responsibility to health and safety issues in your workplace, that you do not single out and bully people working for you when they act in union and show you have some respect for the people who work for you.

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  • signed double crew 2017-07-03 11:23:52 +1200

    Safer Ambulances for Everyone

    "Right now the Government won’t fund two qualified paramedics for rural ambulances. In just a few days’ time, the Government makes its final budget decision on funding, so I need your help today if we're to fix this. Please sign my petition asking the Prime Minister for an extra $4.5m to ensure everyone working in an ambulance is clinically-qualified. Please don't let people suffer waiting for another qualified ambulance officer in a rural or provincial town like mine." - Dorothy

    2,458 signatures

    To the Rt Hon Bill English:

    I’m a rural paramedic, and I work on my own in an ambulance. This puts my patients at risk at the most vulnerable time in their lives.

    Your Government just announced extra staff for rural and provincial ambulances. But most will be clinically-unqualified assistants.

    Moving from working on my own to working with an assistant is a late step in the right direction. But to deliver the best patient outcomes, I need to work with another qualified officer.

    Instead of saving lives you're trying to save $4.5m. Ambulance officers, patients and a 2008 government inquiry want two qualified staff in every ambulance.

    Two qualified staff are essential in critical life-saving situations and where there is more than one patient. Examples include cardiac arrests, vehicle accidents and complicated births.

    That's why your government funds two qualified officers in most urban areas.

    Prime Minister, I can't stand for this. I've started this petition with YesWeCare.nz1 to demand you fix this dangerous plan.


    [1] https://www.yeswecare.nz/

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  • signed Thank You Driver 2017-06-05 15:17:28 +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!

    8,109 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 BNT 2017-04-09 20:44:32 +1200

    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.

    2,419 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 Keep Cadbury in Dunedin 2017-03-04 12:31:02 +1300

    Keep Cadbury in Dunedin

    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.

    11,084 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.

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  • signed treat her right 2017-02-26 20:53:57 +1300

    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?

    8,517 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 2016-11-15 23:07:35 +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 manpower 2016-11-04 15:48:04 +1300

    Say no to Manpower

    The Ministry of Social Development has been caught helping multinational temp agency, Manpower, sign out-of-work New Zealanders to unlawful employment agreements.

    Tell Social Development Minister Anne Tolley her department needs to stop pushing bad employment practices on vulnerable Kiwis and support decent work instead!

    2,696 signatures

    To the Hon Anne Tolley,

    By helping temping agencies sign out-of-work New Zealanders up to unlawful employment agreements, your ministry is hurting these people and helping to undermine working conditions for all of us.

    Please instruct your Ministry to stop supporting employers who use dodgy agreements and instead back Kiwis to find good jobs with decent conditions.

    Yours,

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  • signed Talleys 2016-07-15 11:20:28 +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.

    10,191 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.

    Yours,

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  • signed backpay via 2016-06-22 14:00:53 +1200

    Stop the clock on back pay loss

    A massive payroll error means New Zealanders are owed billions in holiday backpay.
    But every day a million dollars of that debt is being written off as it passes the six year statute of limitations.

    Tell the government to stop the clock on the write-off while we get this problem fixed.

    4,910 signatures

    To the Rt Hon John Key and Cabinet,

    New Zealanders are losing a million dollars a day in unpaid leave - please put the CTU’s Bill to the house under urgency to stop the clock on this write-off. Kiwis deserve the chance to recover the back-pay they are owed.

    Yours,

     

    Click here for a copy of the Bill and here for a background document on the issue.

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