Deborah East

  • signed Fair Pay Charter 2018-07-16 14:38:55 +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 ❤️ Nurses 2018-01-24 18:53:27 +1300

    I ❤ Nurses

    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.

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  • signed Thank You Driver 2017-06-14 23:22:21 +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!

    9,550 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 stand with pike via 2017-05-09 09:39:04 +1200

    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.

    17,295 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.

    Yours,

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  • signed Equal Pay via 2016-09-26 22:58:58 +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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