Andrew Chick

  • published FAQs about FPAs in Work Can Be Better 2018-06-25 16:28:09 +1200

    FAQs about FPAs

    With the announcement of the group to look at Fair Pay Agreements there has been quite a bit of heat but not a lot of light. So we have tried to put together some basic questions and answers in a two-page flyer to help set the scene.

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  • signed Fair Pay Charter 2018-06-15 15:14:31 +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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  • donated via 2018-06-11 09:34:34 +1200

    Kia Ora Gaza

    Since protests on the Gaza-Israel border began on 30 March 2018, through to the end of May Israeli troops killed 115 Palestinians and wounded more than 13,000 people, including 3,600 by live ammunition. This horrific number includes 29 medics shot and two killed.

    In July 2018 the international Freedom Flotilla will again challenge Israel’s illegal blockade of Gaza. Kia Ora Gaza has been invited to send a New Zealander to join the Flotilla and they have selected Mike Treen, Unite Union’s National Director of Organising. As well as his union work, Mike is a long-time international human rights campaigner. NZ-Palestinian yacht engineer Youssef Sammour will join Mike as a crew member too. 

    In 2015 New Zealand sponsored two senior MaoriTV journalists on the Flotilla, and in 2016 sent Green Party co-leader & MP Marama Davidson on the Women’s Boat to Gaza.

    The New Zealand union movement has had a longstanding support for the people of Palestine. Click here for the resolution passed in 2009.

    As part of participating New Zealand will share some of the costs of this non-violent peace mission - including a contribution to the purchase of the four boats, refit, equipment, accommodation and airfares - that will total approximately $40,000. We are asking for your donation to support that participation.

    The blockade of Gaza must end. The world community must stand up and take its place alongside the people of Palestine to force Israel to end this slaughter and allow the people blockaded in Gaza to have normal relations with the outside world. If you can chip in, that would be amazing.

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  • published Lets Talk About Tax 2018-03-08 14:48:56 +1300

    Lets Talk About Tax

    Together we can talk about the the kinds of communities we want to have. Join the conversation about tax and the future we want to see for New Zealand. 

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  • published Thank You 2018-02-13 15:52:39 +1300

    Thank You for Standing with Eramihia and his mum

    Yay! We have reached our donation target. Thank you for your support.

    As a consequence we have now closed our appeal on behalf of Selina Eruera.  

    Thank you again for offering to help. The generosity of so many people has shown what we can achieve together. 

    You can see what else we can do together here.

     


  • published Eramiha-donate 2018-02-13 22:23:52 +1300

    Stand with Eramiha and his mum

    Eramiha Pairama was killed at work in 2013.

    His employer was ordered to pay reparations but the company folded and never paid.

    Now his mum Selina can't afford a headstone for him, but we can help.

    Please, chip in to stand with Selina and her son's memory.

    Update: Thanks so much for your support! We’ve been overwhelmed with the support of people standing together to support Selina in her son Erahima’s memory. Together, we have raised enough contributions for a headstone, and some additional to support Selina.

    This donation page remains open after requests for people still wanting to help in making a koha for Selina. Selina never received anything of the $75,000 that her son’s employer was ordered in Court to pay in reparations. We can help in the long term by fighting to fix the system that let this happen, and to support Selina right now too.”

    (See here for more information - All donations go to Selina Eruera)

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  • published PSA Equal Pay Campaign 2017-12-18 11:25:11 +1300

  • signed I'll Remember 2018-06-11 10:25:27 +1200

    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. 

    2,602 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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  • published Dunedin Wants to Keep Easter Free! 2017-10-20 15:58:47 +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 BNT 2017-09-14 14:43:36 +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.

    2,447 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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  • donated via 2017-09-14 09:51:42 +1200

    Pay the Sisters the same as the Misters!

    The care and support settlement offer is a landmark moment for equal pay. Helps us to keep campaigning and make equal pay a reality for all working people. 

     

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  • donated via 2018-02-11 19:40:13 +1300

    Together we can do great things.

    When we stand together we can make real and positive change. Please chip in.

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  • signed Thank You Driver 2017-05-25 06:20:14 +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!

    9,567 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 2017-05-05 16:34:15 +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 treat her right via 2017-02-16 12:26:16 +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 Equal Pay 2016-09-26 15:25:18 +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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  • signed Our democracy 2016-08-24 12:13:45 +1200

    Our democracy!

    Local Government is where some of the most vital decisions for our communities, our environment, and our families are made. It’s our democracy – let’s stand up for it!

    1,778 signatures

    This year we vote on what kind of local government we want.

    Our District and Regional Councils, and District Health Boards, make some of the most important decisions that affect our lives. It’s not just about rubbish and rates. It’s about the plans that shape our communities over decades. Local government should create jobs, protect our environment, and make sure our families and our communities enjoy the good lives we all deserve. And we can make it do that. All we have to do is work together.

    So sign up, let us know your home town so we can keep you in touch with local campaigns, and together we’ll make a real difference in our communities and across New Zealand. It’s our democracy – let’s make it work for all of us.

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  • signed PCC Living Wage 2016-05-17 16:31:22 +1200

    A living wage for Porirua!

    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.

    Yours,

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  • signed Talleys 2016-05-06 14:21:40 +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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