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Nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants around the country have rejected 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. The DHBs have agreed to continue with mediation with NZNO to try and resolve the issues raised.
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.
Please help our nursing and midwifery teams guarantee the future of our health services and show we really value the care they deliver to our communities, whānau and friends.15,704 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.
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)Donate
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.2,397 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.
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!9,106 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.
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.2,428 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.
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.17,289 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.
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?8,608 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.
When we stand together we can make real and positive change. Please chip in.Donate
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:
- Implement the agreed Equal Pay Principles
- Settle the equal pay claim brought by Kristine Bartlett on behalf of all caregivers
- Allocate funding so that equal pay claims can be settled.
I want you to know I'm right beside you taking those next steps.
Bertie Ratu and Tony Mudgway are standing for Jobs that Count - will you chip in for billboards to make the campaign even bigger?
Jobs that Count is authorised by Graham Cooke, 68 Langdons Road, Papanui, Christchurch 8053Donate
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.811 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.
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.
Please chip in to publish the open letter to Peter Talley.
Together we can make sure the voices of workers at Talley's AFFCO and their supporters are heard!Donate
Te Puea Marae has opened its doors to help homeless New Zealanders.
Together we can help them do even more. Please donate to the Marae and help keep Kiwi families safe and warm this winter.Donate
Health needed to increase by $690m just to keep up with the increase in population and costs.
The government put $565m into the health budget but also want more out of it in terms of new services.
Once all of this is accounted for, our health system has $300m less to work with in real terms in the next twelve months than it had in the last. That's going to mean more pressure on health workers and on an already strained health system.
$43m has been put into a “social investment” experiment to target funding to “at risk” students. The bad news is that some of this comes at the expense of other students - most schools have had had their operational funding frozen which means less money for support staff, many teachers, and school operations. Last year the same increase in this funding was spread around all schools.
Our concern is that the result of this funding cut is that students just off the “at risk” designation will pay the price.
There is funding for school builds which are important because our classrooms have been bursting at the seams for several years now, but many are through PPPs.
There have been a number of tertiary education initiatives but overall spending remains the same which means either funding will have to be reallocated, or tertiary providers will have to do more with less.
There has been $22m put into social housing - however the majority of this is going into accommodation subsidies rather than new housing. This is likely to have an inflationary effect on rents which means it may actually make the housing crisis worse if more houses aren’t built.
On the supply side of the housing crisis the Government is freeing up more land for development. In a best case scenario this will mean a few hundred more houses, but the current shortfall of builds is in the order of thousands of houses per year in Auckland alone. It's fair to say the government is effectively doing nothing that will address the massive housing problem we and our economy face.
Forecasts from Treasury show –
● Unemployment still at 5.6% in June 2017 – 146,000, still above 5% in 2018
● Real wages (i.e. after inflation) fall over the next two years, down 0.1% each year
● Wages share of the nation’s income falling over the next 4 years
● Weak productivity growth and growth in the nation’s income per person
Ultimately the costs of providing the services and infrastructure needed for improving future living standards are growing substantially more than the Government is willing to commit. At an all-of-economy level this is likely to mean New Zealand's will continue to be a low wage economy with poor growth prospects.
At a fiscal level, the excessive focus of this Government on “return to surplus” and lowering debt faster than is needed has resulted in underfunding resulting in many public services, housing and families being under excessive stress.
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