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To: Challenge NZ

End exploitation in Tokoroa now

End exploitation in Tokoroa now

We want all the citizens of Tokoroa and all those who support them to sign this petition to help get justice for the three workers who were exploited by the franchisee of Challenge Tokoroa and his son.

The Tokoroa community demands that Challenge NZ will:

★ Have zero tolerance of exploitation by any Challenge NZ franchisee.

★ Arrange an urgent meeting with their franchisee and his son, the workers, and OneUnion.

★ Carry out an urgent investigation of the allegations and terminate any contract they have with these two men.

★ Support the MBIE Labour Inspectorate, IRD and Immigration NZ in investigating the franchisee and his son.

★ Support that the franchisee and his son must apologise to these workers and put things right. If not, they should leave town.

★ Agree that if these two men do not reimburse these workers, Challenge NZ must compensate the three workers for the time they worked in the Challenge NZ outlets.

Why is this important?

We want all the citizens of Tokoroa and all who support them to sign this petition to help end exploitation in Tokoroa and set an example for the rest of NZ.

Three workers were employed at the two Challenge NZ stations in Tokoroa. They were deliberately exploited and abused over three years by the franchisee and his son.

They had to pay money to keep their jobs. They also had to work 15-20 extra hours a week for no pay.

OneUnion is a union protecting workers in small workplaces. The union accuses the father and son of extorting $130,000 from these workers. The three workers were at the mercy of these two men because they relied on them for their visas.

OneUnion has filed claims against the franchisee and his son in the Employment Relations Authority. The father ‘sold’ the business to his son to avoid the legal consequences. We must not let them get away with it.

Their criminal behaviour was extremely cruel. One of the workers was not allowed to leave work when his wife was in labour. A young mother was forced to send her baby to India so she could work longer hours (for free) for the employer. Both were told that if they caused trouble they would be deported.

These two men are greedy and ruthless. We as a community must send a strong message that criminal exploitation and lack of human decency will not be tolerated in Tokoroa.

This behaviour is not the kiwi way and has no place in Tokoroa.

Please read the attached two articles published by the OneUnion that detail the full story.

https://thedailyblog.co.nz/2020/09/21/exploiter-extorts-and-blackmails-workers/

https://thedailyblog.co.nz/2020/09/29/casual-cruelty-destroys-young-mums-boss-demands-35000-to-prevent-dismissal-more-evil-than-we-thought/

OneUnion and Migrant Workers Association are working together to get justice for these workers. We advised Challenge NZ of the franchisee’s criminality. We have provided our case file to Challenge NZ and demanded they investigate.

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

Tokoroa has a proud history of fighting for workers’ rights. We have no doubt the good people of Tokoroa will show the rest of the nation how to win justice for workers who are exploited. Challenge NZ needs to support the franchisee and his son in making this right.

A worker would already be in prison if they did a fraction of what these two men did.

Blatant exploitation is becoming a normal state. New Zealanders have to step up.

Communities have to come together and force exploiters to apologise and make amends.

Please sign our petition and get your family and friends to sign it too.

Bring everyone to the Rally!

1pm Sunday 15 November.
Pine Man, Huttloc Ave, Tokoroa.
Tokoroa Rally to End Exploitation.

Starting at the Pine Man Statue in Tokoroa on Huttloc Drive, next to McDonald's. Please RSVP when you sign this petition.

We will be bringing our UTU bus to the Tokoroa Rally.

If you want to help us cover travel and rally costs by donating a small koha please do so here:

https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/utuforthepeople

And lastly, if you have any more information or you would like to help in any other way, email us at justice@oneunion.org.nz

TELL YOUR FRIENDS!

BRING EVERYONE TO THE RALLY!

1pm Sunday 15 November.
Pine Man, Huttloc Ave, Tokoroa.
Tokoroa Rally to End Exploitation.

Thank you, Ngā Mihi.

Tokoroa, New Zealand

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Reasons for signing

  • End exploitation in NZ!!
  • just to support
  • This type of behaviour/ explotation in the work place or anywhere is despicable, I think this is happening a lot in NZ and it needs to be addressed and stopped now.

Updates

2020-10-15 23:55:13 +1300

100 signatures reached

2020-10-15 21:09:15 +1300

50 signatures reached

2020-10-15 20:09:49 +1300

25 signatures reached

2020-10-15 19:08:09 +1300

10 signatures reached