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!7,613 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.
"Right now the Government won’t fund two qualified paramedics for rural ambulances. In just a few days’ time, the Government makes its final budget decision on funding, so I need your help today if we're to fix this. Please sign my petition asking the Prime Minister for an extra $4.5m to ensure everyone working in an ambulance is clinically-qualified. Please don't let people suffer waiting for another qualified ambulance officer in a rural or provincial town like mine." - Dorothy2,425 signatures
To the Rt Hon Bill English:
I’m a rural paramedic, and I work on my own in an ambulance. This puts my patients at risk at the most vulnerable time in their lives.
Your Government just announced extra staff for rural and provincial ambulances. But most will be clinically-unqualified assistants.
Moving from working on my own to working with an assistant is a late step in the right direction. But to deliver the best patient outcomes, I need to work with another qualified officer.
Instead of saving lives you're trying to save $4.5m. Ambulance officers, patients and a 2008 government inquiry want two qualified staff in every ambulance.
Two qualified staff are essential in critical life-saving situations and where there is more than one patient. Examples include cardiac arrests, vehicle accidents and complicated births.
That's why your government funds two qualified officers in most urban areas.
Prime Minister, I can't stand for this. I've started this petition with YesWeCare.nz1 to demand you fix this dangerous plan.
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.2,412 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.
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.11,074 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.
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.17,171 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.
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?8,324 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.
We rely on donations from people like you to help campaign for real and meaningful change.
Will you chip in for a better and fairer New Zealand together?Donate
The Ministry of Social Development has been caught helping multinational temp agency, Manpower, sign out-of-work New Zealanders to unlawful employment agreements.
Tell Social Development Minister Anne Tolley her department needs to stop pushing bad employment practices on vulnerable Kiwis and support decent work instead!2,686 signatures
To the Hon Anne Tolley,
By helping temping agencies sign out-of-work New Zealanders up to unlawful employment agreements, your ministry is hurting these people and helping to undermine working conditions for all of us.
Please instruct your Ministry to stop supporting employers who use dodgy agreements and instead back Kiwis to find good jobs with decent conditions.
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?3,928 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.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.
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.
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.2,028 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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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
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 services1,827 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.
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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