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.2,391 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.
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.8,955 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.
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.10,186 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.
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.5,417 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.
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.
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.
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!1,779 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.
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.2,014 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.
*Click here for more information
Despite making profits of nearly half a billion dollars in the last half year, Aussie banking giant, Westpac, is proposing to shut 19 of its branches - many of them in New Zealand's heartland. First union is standing up for Westpac workers and for the communities that rely on them. Join us to tell Simon Power, the head of Consumer Banking at Westpac not to abandon our communities.804 signatures
To Simon Power:
Don't close our branches. They are an integral part of our communities - many of them are in New Zealand's heartland. Pulling out of towns like Raglan and Ranfurly is a vote of no confidence in our heartland and will lead to New Zealanders losing confidence in your bank.
Westpac talks about being a good corporate citizen. Making dozens of workers redundant, and leaving your customers with nothing but "smart" ATMs and internet banking are not the actions of a good corporate citizen. For the people who work at Westpac, for your customers in regional New Zealand, for your own reputation, please leave these branches open.
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