Aged Care workers shouldered a heavy burden during COVID-19, doing their utmost to provide quality care to residents while working under a staffing system which is broken. Understaffing and fatigued health workers jeopardise patient safety, our aged care staffing guidelines are 15 years out of date and unsafe staffing needs to be urgently addressed.
Our seniors and rest home care workers need government to implement evidence-based safe staffing committed to by Labour before the last election. Not doing so means residents aren’t getting the care required and it means we are risking lives and the spread of illness like COVID-19. We cannot afford to leave things as they are. Sign this open letter calling on Jacinda Ardern to show the leadership needed to ensure staff and residents are safe and well cared for – we all need safe staffing now.
To: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
When you told the country to get ready for lockdown in March, you said we’d get through this if we all came together. You asked us all to be strong and to be kind.
Aged Care workers have been doing this. But it has been tough going.
We all want the very best for residents in care facilities, but the staffing system is broken. Not enough staff means missed care or care not provided in a timely manner. There is ample evidence that understaffing leads to an increased risk of bruising, skin tears, falls, infections...
COVID-19 showed us that working people need better guarantees about their health and safety at work. Too many people had no say in important decisions about their own health and safety - from whether they should stay home, to what plans were in place to protect them in the workplace.
For a long time, working people in New Zealand have been harmed by poor health and safety practices and inadequate protections. As we rebuild better, we need to build in protection for all working people to stay well at work so they can come home safe, no matter where they work.
To all aspiring MPs and political parties at this election:
We can do better to protect our health and safety at work. Will you:
COVID-19 has shown us where our employment system is weak, but we can build it stronger. Right now, there are employers who’ve chosen to axe thousands of working people from their jobs. Other employers are thinking about doing the same to tens of thousands more.
Unlike many countries, New Zealand lacks a minimum legal redundancy protection. That protection would value the contribution working people make, make employers think carefully about their actions and help people out in a difficult time. When employers choose to make people redundant, we can choose to make that fair.
To all parties and candidates seeking to become the Government after the September election, I think we can rebuild resilience for working people facing job loss or change.
When you are sick, or when someone you care for is sick, you need to be able to stay home. We’ve always known this. The experience of COVID-19 has also reminded us that we need to do this to stop the bugs spreading. We really do depend on each other to stay well by sick people staying at home.
Paid sick leave means that you can stay home and get better without losing income. But lots of us don’t have enough sick leave. Sometimes this means having to go to work when you’re sick. We need to make sure everyone has the sick leave they need to keep us all safe. Please sign the petition asking the Government to do the right thing and increase minimum sick leave so we can all stay safe.
To the Hon Grant Robertson, Minister of Finance:
For the future we need to give working people the confidence to stay home straight away when we are unwell, not to be forced to visit GPs unnecessarily, and care for ourselves and our families. The New Zealand Government created extra paid special leave for working people affected by COVID-19. It has made a huge difference. To ensure Aotearoa continues to have better sick leave rules now and in the future, I want to...
The Government's consultation on better protections for contractors has closed. But there is still a long way to go before that will turn into real improvements in contractors' working conditions. That's why - in the run-up to the 2020 General Election - we're launching this petition to show all political parties and whoever forms the next Government that law changes are needed to ensure there are decent protections for ALL working people.
To the next Government...
New Zealand needs better protections for working people who are contractors - whether they are dependent contractors who should be employees or independent contractors. So we're calling on the next Government to:
We can have better work lives in New Zealand. A good way to do that is better employment law that’s fairer for everyone, with Fair Pay Agreements. The Council of Trade Unions has shown what that should look like in a recent report - A Framework for Fairness.
We need EVERY party that wants to be in Government after the next election to put in place a good Fair Pay Agreement law that gives power back to working people as a priority – in the first 100 days.
We have had all the reports and the consultations. The work is done. But people are still suffering on minimum wages, and bargain-basement work rights, in our most essential industries. There is nothing stopping any Government from making work fair now – for everyone.
To the Prime Minister and Cabinet:
It’s time to do the right thing by working people, and the many good employers in New Zealand, and deliver us Fair Pay Agreements. We need Fair Pay Agreement law that makes life better for working Kiwis. We can’t continue with the low-wage, low-training, model that has cost us all so much.
The law our elected leaders make to do this must abide by six basic principles of good sector bargaining:
1) Fair Pay Agreements will enable working people to improve their terms and conditions of...
On Friday 27 September school students around New Zealand are striking for our climate. We all want the planet to be a healthy place to live and work - for us, for our children, for our grandchildren. And, as working people, we understand the power of collective action.
Now young people are taking the same power that has delivered decent pay and working conditions and using it to ensure we can all have a healthy planet. Show our support for these young people and show that, together, we can protect our planet.
I want to celebrate young people using the power of the collective to help ensure we have a healthy planet.
So I add my name to those who stand alongside students striking for climate action.
in 2015 Helen Kelly agreed to let documentary maker Tony Sutorius - the award winning director of Campaign - into her life to document her last year of activism.
The result is Helen Kelly - Together - a stunning affirmation of both her dedication to justice, and her friendships with those she fought alongside.
Equal parts moving and inspiring, funny and tragic, Helen Kelly - Together is as much about what it is to be a Kiwi as it is about Helen’s astounding life. It is a cultural landmark and a piece of New Zealand’s film history.
You can sign up here to keep updated about the film and for the chance to run your own screening.
Please, join us to become part of Helen Kelly - Together.
YES! I want to be a part of Helen Kelly - Together
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 re-contracted many of the region’s routes to a new provider - Tranzit. Most drivers on these routes have lost their jobs, those who have got work with Tranzit are facing much worse terms and conditions. And Tranzit are refusing to negotiate with their union. Meanwhile Wellington's bus service is in chaos because of this, and the regional council is pretending it's not their problem.
Let's hold the regional council to account and make them fix the damage they've done. Please sign and say thank you driver!
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.