NZ’s largest hotel operator, Accor, has just announced it will pay all its workers a Living Wage. At the same time, in more than 80 managed isolation facilities across the country, hotel workers are keeping us all safe from COVID as our friends and family make their way home from overseas.
And yet, its often low-wage – if not minimum wage – work. We congratulate Accor for making the decision to move their workers to a Living Wage. But we think all MIQ workers are worth more.
We the undersigned:
Believe that all the workers in NZ’s Managed Isolation and Quarantine (MIQ) facilities are doing a great job keeping us all safe from Covid-19. They are brave, hardworking and we appreciate them for it. While most MIQ workers earn above the Living Wage, some do not.
The government, through the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, effectively controls the MIQ facilities and has the power to insist that all businesses involved in the facilities pay all their workers the Living Wage.
The government must make the Living Wage a reality for all MIQ workers.
Home Support Workers provide care for our seniors, people with disability, and those who are injured, in their own homes. But these services have been underfunded by successive governments for years. This, plus a fragmented system, means support workers can’t provide the consistent, high quality care for their clients they would like to. That’s why we are calling on politicians to overhaul home support because the current system is broken. The way it’s funded, coordinated and delivered isn’t working for anyone. Urgent action is needed to ensure Home Support with dignity throughout Aotearoa.
To: Hon. Chris Hipkins, Hon. Jenny Salesa, Hon. Carmel Sepuloni (Labour), Hon. Jan Logie, Hon. Julie Ann Genter (Green Party), Hon. Tracey Martin, Jenny Marcoft (NZ First), Dr Shane Reti, Tim Macindoe (National)
Our seniors, people with disability, and those who are injured, need home support with dignity. But home support services have been underfunded by successive governments for years. This, along with a fragmented system, means that home support workers cannot provide the consistent, high quality care they would like to, and it means our seniors, those with disability, and those who are injured, don’t always get the support...
The Warehouse prides itself on being a "good" company. Its annual report says one of its core values is to be "Here for Good" and to "Always Do the Right Thing".
Now The Warehouse wants to take away thousands of hours from the people who work for them - every week.
If The Warehouse wants to be a good Kiwi company, it needs to treat staff with respect. This is the opposite of that.
To Nick Grayston (CEO of The Warehouse Group)
I call on you to abandon The Warehouse Group’s plan to cut thousands of hours a week from the staff at The Warehouse. The Warehouse is a proud New Zealand company. It needs to put people first. Now - in the wake of COVID-19 more than ever – it’s the time to support those who kept The Warehouse going, not push hundreds of working people into hardship. Whether by cutting their hours or – worse – eliminating their jobs altogether.
When the going gets tough that's a real test of your character. You say your values are to always do the right thing. The Warehouse is a successful, wealthy company, and you can...
Aotearoa-New Zealand is an island nation dependent on trade to survive.
But because our coastal shipping was deregulated by the Government in the 1990's, we now rely on multinational shipping companies to carry our goods between our cities and beyond.
That's cost us local jobs and valuable skills, it's harming our climate by pushing more freight onto our roads, and it makes us vulnerable to the whims of a few huge shipping companies with no loyalty to New Zealand.
We need the government to protect and grow our coastal shipping and strengthen our shores just like the US, Canada, Japan, and EU governments do.
We've been promised real change that makes us stronger as a nation. Taking back control of our coastal shipping would be a good start.
To the Prime Minister, Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, Rt Hon Winston Peters, Hon James Shaw and Marama Davidson:
Each of you, independently, and together as a government, have said you want a stronger and more independent New Zealand. One meaningful way you can do this is to return control of our coastal shipping to New Zealand flagged vessels.
Protecting and growing our domestic shipping would mean more jobs, secure regional ports, less congestion on our roads, and greater national economic resilience.
We are an island nation solely dependent on international shipping to trade. Controlling our shipping industry helps us control...
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...