Clare Van der Lem

  • I'm Voting For Community and Public Services

    It’s the people who work in public and community services that help make our communities the great places they are.

    They’re DOC rangers, librarians and pool lifeguards. They mend holes in the road, keep our hospitals running or support vulnerable people to live in their own homes.

    To keep our communities thriving, all these services need to be properly resourced. But funding cuts, staffing caps and endless restructures have put them at risk.

    Together let’s use our vote in 2017 to support them.

     

    1,036 signatures

    I value New Zealand communities, and I value the people and services that make them strong. So I will only give my vote to a party which values public and community services.

     

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  • signed Thank You Driver 2017-06-06 08:10:48 +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!

    7,172 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 keep it public 2017-07-11 13:10:52 +1200

    Keep it Public!

    Public tertiary education gives all New Zealanders the opportunity to develop skills, learn trades, and create knowledge which helps our families, communities and economy.

    But Paul Goldsmith, the Minister for Tertiary Education, is trying to change the law to take public funds away from our universities, polytechs and wānanga and hand them to private companies who are more concerned with profit than providing quality education.

    Together, let’s make sure tertiary education stays public, local and focused on learning.

    4,838 signatures

    This would be the single biggest change to tertiary education funding in a generation. If enough of us speak out, then together we can stop it happening.

    By pledging to support public tertiary education you will be adding your voice to the many others that want to keep tertiary education public, local, and focused on learning, not profit.

    Tertiary education belongs to all of us. Now is the time to tell Paul Goldsmith you want it to stay that way.

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  • signed double crew 2017-05-22 14:05:19 +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

    2,418 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 stand with pike 2017-05-09 08:00:03 +1200

    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.

    16,984 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 BNT 2017-04-10 08:06:31 +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.

    2,409 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 2017-03-03 08:20:16 +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.

    11,073 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 2017-06-02 14:48:31 +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?

    8,265 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 Healthy Ambos Save Lives 2017-01-11 09:21:01 +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.

    8,966 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 Equal Pay 2016-11-16 08:01:53 +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?

    3,928 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 09:09:13 +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!

    2,685 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 renters-rights 2016-08-19 09:29:13 +1200

    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.

    2,029 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 protect easter 2016-06-27 16:14:11 +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.

    5,429 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 Talleys via 2016-05-10 15:08:04 +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.

    10,190 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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