James Cooper

  • signed Thank You Driver 2017-07-01 15:06:43 +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!

    6,551 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 Smokefree 2017-04-10 12:02:40 +1200

    Make Smokefree Aotearoa a reality

    The New Zealand Nurses Organisation says the Government has made a mistake by cutting funding to anti-smoking advocacy services and iwi health providers who help people quit smoking.* Sign the petition to fund these essential services

    1,826 signatures

    To Hon Jonathan Coleman and Hon Bill English:

    Nurses, midwives, caregivers, kaimahi hauora and their supporters want to see a Smokefree Aotearoa by 2025. We urge the Government to fully fund smoking cessation and advocacy services for all New Zealanders, especially services by Māori and Pasifika organisations supporting their own local communities.

    * For more information on these cuts click here and here.

    To find out more about the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) click here.

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  • signed BNT 2017-04-10 12:00:50 +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.

    2,402 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 protect easter 2017-03-14 08:59:34 +1300

    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.

    5,428 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 2017-03-14 08:59:11 +1300

    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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  • signed manpower 2017-03-14 08:57:56 +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!

    2,679 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 Keep Cadbury in Dunedin 2017-03-14 08:56:24 +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.

    11,065 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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