Simon Oosterman

Because we're stronger together.

  • signed Dunedin Wants to Keep Easter Free! 2017-10-24 18:00:52 +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. 

    573 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 Save the SaveMart Workers 2017-09-20 20:47:35 +1200

    Save the SaveMart Workers

    It should be okay to ask for better health and safety at work and it should be okay for people to do it together. But at SaveMart - it isn’t

    At the secondhand clothing store 10 women have been told they’ll be sacked in 4 weeks, after they asked in union for protective gloves when sorting donated clothes.

    We’re calling on SaveMart owner Tom Doonan to prove he has any respect of the people who work for him and give back the jobs he has taken away.

     

    6,511 signatures

    To SaveMart owner Tom Doonan

    I am asking you to save the jobs of the 10 workers you have targeted to sack because they raised a health and safety concern at work.

    You need to prove that you can respond responsibility to health and safety issues in your workplace, that you do not single out and bully people working for you when they act in union and show you have some respect for the people who work for you.

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  • signed renters-rights 2016-11-15 20:16:36 +1300

    Support fair and secure renting

    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.

    2,031 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

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  • signed Equal Pay 2016-11-15 20:15:51 +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?

    3,929 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 backpay 2016-06-21 21:46:56 +1200

    Stop the clock on back pay loss

    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.

    Yours,

     

    Click here for a copy of the Bill and here for a background document on the issue.

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  • signed protect easter 2016-06-02 17:10:35 +1200

    Protect Easter Sunday

    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.

    5,429 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.

    Yours,

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  • signed PCC Living Wage 2016-05-09 16:30:28 +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 2016-05-09 16:25:43 +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.

    10,191 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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