Diane McCarthy

  • signed Keep Cadbury in Dunedin 2017-03-09 21:55:12 +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.

    11,014 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 stand with pike 2017-02-15 00:21:16 +1300

    Stand with Pike

    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.

    7,870 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.

    Yours,

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  • signed Healthy Ambos Save Lives 2017-01-11 10:24:56 +1300

    Healthy Ambos Save Lives

    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.

    8,946 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.

    Yours,

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  • signed manpower 2016-11-07 13:19:50 +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!

    2,667 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 kids-education 2016-11-03 10:19:18 +1300

    Support a Great Education for All Kids

    The Government isn't prioritising our kids' education. National has frozen school operations funding. Sign the petition and let the Minister of Education know that better funding means better learning for kids.

     

    47,685 signatures

    To the Hon Hekia Parata, Minister of Education,

    Our kids need more funding not less.

    Please show you value our kids and unfreeze the operations grant so schools don’t have to make cuts and support staff are paid fairly and have secure work.

    You listened to us when we opposed the increase in our kids’ class sizes. I urge you to listen again and make sure all schools have the funding they need to provide an excellent learning environment for all our kids.

    Better funding for support staff will mean better learning for kiwi kids. 

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  • signed renters-rights via 2016-11-02 11:36:39 +1300

    Support fair and secure renting

    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.

    2,005 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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  • signed Talleys 2016-07-14 18:18:19 +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.

    10,186 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 protect easter 2016-06-29 19:14:55 +1200

    Protect Easter Sunday

    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.

    5,416 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.

    Yours,

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  • signed backpay via 2016-06-22 21:29:00 +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.

    4,907 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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