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.2,394 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.
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 services1,826 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.
To find out more about the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) click here.
It’s time to Treat Her Right
Right now 55,000 workers across the aged residential, disability and home support sectors are considering a historic proposed equal pay settlement that can lift care and support workers’ pay to between $19.00 and $23.50 from 1 July, rising to between $21.50 and $27.00 in July 2021.
This is a huge win and will make a real difference in valuing the work of care and support workers and the people they support.
But it is still only one part of the workforce - a big part, but only one. Based on current figures, it’s still going to take 45 years before all women will be paid equally.
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?7,974 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.
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.15,756 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.
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.11,057 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.
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.2,018 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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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.
Right now Porirua City Council is considering submissions on becoming a living wage city. That would mean better lives for their workers and their families, more money in the local economy, and another reason for Porirua to be proud.274 signatures
Unfortunately some councillors won’t back this simple and fair proposal. But together we can let them know that it’s what their voters, and all Kiwis, want.
Will you sign the petition for a living wage in Porirua?
To: Nick Leggett, 'Ana Coffey, Ken Douglas, Anita Baker, Bronwyn Kropp, Euon Murrell, Tim Sheppard, Luafataali'i Ah Hoi, Izzy Ford, Denys Latham, John Burke
We urge you to adopt the living wage at the Porirua City Council. It’s the right thing to do for your staff, for Porirua’s economy, and for the people who voted for you.
Please, make Porirua and all of New Zealand proud - give us a living wage city.
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.5,425 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.
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.10,187 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.