Russell Sewell

  • signed Fair Pay Charter 2018-06-19 21:41:11 +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.

     

    1,299 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 2018-01-26 16:28:23 +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 I'll Remember 2017-11-14 12:18:49 +1300

    I'll remember the 14th of November

     

    Because of our gender pay imbalance, the 14th of November is the day in 2017 most women in New Zealand effectively start working for free.

    Our new coalition Government have said they will change that.

    Let’s show the Government we support them to deliver better equal pay law by 14 November 2018 - so we can celebrate that day as a milestone for equal pay. 

    2,599 signatures

    Dear Iain, Tracey, and Julie Anne

    I’ll remember the 14th of November 2017 as the day of the year on which most women in New Zealand effectively start working for free. So I am joining the countdown to the 14th of November 2018, when we’ll celebrate having an equal pay law that does what it says it’s going to do- puts the agreed equal pay principles into the 1972 Equal Pay Act and makes it faster and easier for women to get paid fairly for their work.

    Between now and then, I’ll do everything I can to support you to work together to get that law through Parliament. You can count on me. And on the 14th of November 2018, I’ll be in touch so we can look back at what we’ve achieved to reset the gender pay imbalance in New Zealand.  

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  • signed treat her right 2017-10-24 07:57:30 +1300

    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?

    8,641 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 Dunedin Wants to Keep Easter Free! 2017-10-24 07:56:30 +1300

    Dunedin Wants to Keep Easter Free!

    On the 13th of November Dunedin City Council is hearing submissons on it's new Easter Trading Policy. Their website shows a dozen submissions - many from big retailers. There's still time to show them what we all really think. 

    823 signatures

    I think Dunedin City Council should keep the current restrictions around Easter Sunday Shop Trading.

    To allow a wholesale right for shops to open on Easter Sunday is unwarranted and will inevitably put  pressure on staff to work in an environment where there is already only 3 1/2 days people can’t shop in this country.  

    Easter Sunday should remain a day for retail staff to have rest and recreation and be able to spend time with friends and family, attend religious observances and should not be over ridden by commercial imperatives.

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  • signed Talleys via 2016-05-11 11:37:35 +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.

    10,218 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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