Nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants around the country are awaiting 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.
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.17,585 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.
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.1,304 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.
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.