Petition to Council of the European Union
Instruments on planes: Musicians call on the EU Council to follow the EU Parliament!
[Version française] [Deutsche Version] [Versión española] You thought that the EU was fair to musicians traveling on planes with their instruments? Wrong! Here’s why. Two years ago, on Feb. 5th, 2014, the European Parliament adopted the text reviewing community regulation 2027/97 on air carrier liability in respect of the carriage of passengers and their baggage by air. This revised regulation, adopted with an overwhelming majority of 580 votes in favour (41 against, 48 abstentions), includes provisions aimed to facilitate the transport of musical instruments on board planes as hand luggage. The text will only become EU law once it is adopted in the exact same terms by the European Council and the European parliament. Unfortunately, the limited attention that the European Council has paid to this matter so far has only resulted in the proposal to remove article 6e, which is precisely the section that recognises the right of musicians to be treated decently by airline companies. The reasoning of the Council is that “it should be left to each air carrier to establish its own policy on the matter”. The problem is that airlines operate vastly differing policies which are generally unfriendly to musicians. On March 6, 2015, new administrative rules for musical instruments went into effect in the US, as required by the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012. These rules establish a fair framework, along the very same lines as the article 6e that the European Council wants to delete. We believe that the European Union should be as fair to musicians as the US on this crucial issue. To this end, we call for a new and massive mobilization of the global music community, asking the European Council to ensure article 6e of revised regulation 2027/97 remains intact, in the wording adopted by the EU Parliament. Musicians, wherever they work, deserve a fair treatment when they travel by air with their instrument!
Petition to Chesterfield City Council
Save Chesterfield Mobile Home Park!
Since 1968, Chesterfield Mobile Home Park has provided families in Chesterfield, Missouri with an affordable, friendly community. Today Chesterfield Mobile Home Park is home to almost 130 families. Many of us have lived here for over 10 years and some for over 20. It has been proposed to the Chesterfield City Council to rezone the property for the development of an apartment complex. By doing so would displace our community and families. This is a vibrant, thriving community that provides an affordable place for many hard working families. Residents are able to own their own homes---homes we have worked hard for. But we do not own the land on which our homes sit. The Chesterfield Mobile Home Park is the only mobile home park in Chesterfield and gives hardworking families, students and retired veterans not just affordable homes, but a place that people can work hard to raise families with good access to one of the best school districts in the area. We argue that it is unnecessary to rezone and remove our community. Our community does not currently inhibit further development in Chesterfield. There are many other nearby undeveloped lands. We do not need to be a casualty of this proposed development. The Chesterfield City Council is reviewing a proposal to remove Chesterfield Mobile Home Park--our community--by having the land rezoned so that developers can build an apartment complex. By re-zoning this land, the Chesterfield City Council would be demonstrating that they are not representing the hardworking families of the Chesterfield Mobile Home Park that helped vote them into office. We chose Chesterfield as our home. Chesterfield is where we want to raise our families. It represents the values we want to teach our children. Let’s keep Chesterfield a community for people who live here! Not an opportunity to displace our families in the name of development. Please sign our petition asking Mayor Bob Nation and the Chesterfield City Council to deny the request to rezone the land that is home to Chesterfield Mobile Home Park and to nearly 130 Chesterfield families. We will present your signatures to the city council as we fight to keep our homes. En Español Guarda Chesterfield Mobile Home Park! Desde 1968, Chesterfield Mobile Home Park le ha proporcionado una comunidad asequible y amigable a familias en Chesterfield, Missouri. Hoy Chesterfield Mobile Home Park es el hogar de casi 130 familias. Muchos de nosotros hemos vivido aquí por más de 10 años y algunos por más de 20 años. Se le ha propuesto al Ayuntamiento de Chesterfield que la propiedad se debería volver a zonificar para el desarrollo de un complejo de apartamentos. Al hacerlo, desplazaría a nuestra comunidad y a nuestras familias. Esta es una comunidad vibrante y próspera que proporciona un lugar asequible para muchas familias trabajadoras. Los residentes son capaces de tener sus propias casas --- casas por las cuales hemos trabajado duro para obtener. Pero no somos dueños de la tierra en la que se sientan nuestras casas. El Chesterfield Mobile Home Park es el único parque de casas móviles en Chesterfield y no sólo ofrece casas asequibles a familias trabajadoras, estudiantes y veteranos jubilados, sino un lugar donde la gente puede trabajar duro para criar a sus familias con buen acceso a uno de los mejores distritos escolares de la zona. Sostenemos que es innecesario volver a zonificar la propiedad y quitarnos nuestra comunidad. Actualmente nuestra comunidad no inhibe el desarrollo en Chesterfield. Hay muchas otras tierras subdesarrolladas cercanas. No necesitamos ser víctimas de esta propuesta de desarrollo. el Ayuntamiento de Chesterfield revisará una propuesta para remover Chesterfield Mobile Home Park - nuestra comunidad - para volver a zonificar la tierra para que los desarrolladores puedan construir un complejo de apartamentos. Al volver a zonificar esta tierra, el Ayuntamiento de Chesterfield estaría demostrando que no están representando a las familias trabajadoras de Chesterfield Mobile Home Park que ayudaron a votar por ellos. Elegimos Chesterfield como nuestra casa. Chesterfield es donde queremos criar a nuestras familias. Representa los valores que queremos enseñarles a nuestros hijos. Hay que mantener a Chesterfield como una comunidad para las personas que viven aquí! No es una oportunidad para desplazar a nuestras familias en nombre del desarrollo. Por favor firme nuestra petición preguntandole al alcalde Bob Nation y al Ayuntamiento de Chesterfield que nieguen la petición de volver a zonificar la tierra en donde se sienta Chesterfield Mobile Home Park y que es hogar para cerca de 130 familias de Chesterfield. Presentaremos sus firmas en la reunión del consejo de la ciudad que se llevará a cabo mientras luchamos para mantener nuestra comunidad.
Petition to Alex Ganotis, Kate Butler, Iain Roberts, Mags Kirkham, Lisa Smart, Christine Corris, Stuart Corris, Laura Booth, Wendy Meikle, Oliver Johnstone, Julian Lewis-Booth, Syd Lloyd, Jon Twigge
Get the A6-M60 Bypass built: save Stockport’s eastern communities from dangerous traffic
Stockport Council will decide in 2017 whether to go ahead with a bid for up to £600 million from the Government to build the four-mile A6 to M60 Bypass. The dual-carriageway is vital to remove choking traffic from the Stockport commities of Bredbury, Romiley and Hazel Grove whilst causing only minor environmental impact in the Lower Goyt Valley. Along Stockport Road, Bents Lane, Barrack Hill, Otterspool Road, Dooley Lane, Marple Road and Torkington Road the residents’ quality of life will improve massively by the removal of the noise, disturbance, visual intrusion and pollution from their communities. The roads above are plagued by congestion and were never designed to carry the traffic they do now. The A6017 has the dubious honour of being the fourth most congested road in all of ENGLAND outside London. Average speeds of barely 7mph during rush hour and all the time the communities along it are suffering from noise, fumes and inconvenience. Consider school children walking to the local schools? They are ALL affected by this. This cannot be right! And worse still, the Greater Manchester Spacial Framework has just been published showing 4,000 new homes to be built just off the A6 in High Lane, many of whom will want to reach the M60 in the future, and a doubling in size of Bredbury Industrial Estate attracting more traffic into Bredbury - without the new bypass road, these proposals will flood (even more) traffic on to the roads in Bredbury and Marple Yet many selfish environmentalists are trying to block the bypass on environmental impact on a small slice of the Goyt Valley and other locations to satisfytheir selfish needs - what about the thousands of people living in the badly affected areas along the current A627/A6017 route desperately need this bypass? We have very little time left to stop these people from encouraging the council to vote down this much needed road. This is our last chance to get this "70 years in the planning" road built! Please sign this petition and ask your friends to add their support.
Petition to Philip Knatchbull, Alex Sheldon, Emma Murphy
Curzon Cinemas: Pay REAL Living Wage! Pay paid breaks!
As many of you know, because you were part of this petition like me all those years ago, Curzon workers campaigned for collective recognition in 2013 and are now recognised through BECTU, the union for all cinema workers. Curzon workers then campaigned in 2014 for the Living Wage and reached an agreement with Curzon that it would be paid as a minimum from 1st January 2015. Curzon became the first commercial cinema chain in the UK to pay the living wage. A big massive thank you to every single one of you who supported them in both campaigns! We were all proud of Curzon for leading the way. But ever since the workers gained the Living Wage, we hear that Curzon management have been chipping away at the commitment, devising ways to claw back some of the money from the workers. It was an uneasy peace but, three years on, the company seemed to be finally settling down into mutual respect and goodwill. Then, in March 2017, the new Commercial Director, Alex Sheldon cut paid breaks from the majority front of house staff. The agreement Curzon and BECTU reached in October 2014 was that all workers employed prior to October 2014 would retain their paid breaks and all new starters after October 2014 would have unpaid breaks. Union members were not happy but it seemed an acceptable first step. As it turns out, the agreement was not communicated to new employees and many continued to receive paid breaks until the sudden cut in March this year. No notice was given and most of them found they had lost £70 - 150 a month. That's more than a £1000 a year. Curzon Head Office has gone through a massive overhaul. CEO Philip Knatchbull has hired new executives from other cinemas who the staff do not believe understand how Curzon cinemas work – they are not places of high class entertainment solely for the wealthy, they were intended as art house independent cinemas accessible to all groups and ages. With the opening of the new cinema in Aldgate earlier this year and another one in Oxford in October, staff are suffering severely from the lack of honest communication and support on a day to day basis. Managers and staff are being pressured to reach unrealistic 'daily predictions' sales targets selling over-priced drinks and hotdogs when the cinemas are short staffed. If the 'predictions' are not met, staff budgets are cut which results in further cuts in staff hours. On day to day operational matters, there is no support from the Curzon Head Office management anymore and the cinema staff are told what to do without any involvement or explanation. There are now too many bosses and not enough workers. The Curzon brand is becoming unrecognisable, to us, the customers, as we watch employees working like machines while Philip Knatchbull boasts his profits and his ideas of selling Curzon brand to the bigger cats like Amazon. Right from the start, Mike Leigh and Ken Loach offered their support and what they said then still applies now: Mike Leigh: “I use and love Curzon cinemas, and as a film-maker I have enjoyed their hospitality. So I am shocked to discover such an obscene difference between the exemplary way they treat their public and their cynical exploitation to their workers" Ken Loach: “I wholeheartedly support the Curzon workers in their demands….Filmmakers value cinemas like the Curzon. We all want to see it become more successful. But that success cannot be at the expense of those who work there". This petition calls on the following to pay paid breaks to all Curzon's front of house staff immediately because what we all wanted for the staff at Curzon when we signed this petition was the real Living Wage, not Living Wage Lite: Philip Knatchbull (CEO) - firstname.lastname@example.org Alex Sheldon (Operations Director) - email@example.com Emma Murphy (Head of Human Resources) - firstname.lastname@example.org I hope after reading this you'll share with your friends and family, and continue to spread the news via Twitter and FB. The Curzon staff want to say thank you so much for your support so far - it’s already made a huge difference in helping them win union recognition and gaining the Living Wage but we now need to help them to gain their paid breaks ASAP. PS: Curzon Workers are supporting The Picturehouse cinema workers in the UK over their fight for the London Living Wage with the Picturehouse/Cineworld chain. Please show them love and solidarity by signing this petition. Many thanks!
Petition to Minister Eoghan Murphy, Joe MacGrath
Finish Glencree, Newport, Tipperary
https://goo.gl/maps/EKmLeLog2Aq Residents in Glencree Newport are left angry and frustrated due to unfinished Estate. Glencree housing estate was originally built in 2003 where the majority of properties were sold off-plan. Such plans portrayed an idyllic setting displaying manicured green spaces, driveways, roads and street lighting. Plans to include 18 townhouses and a state of the art crèche at the entrance to the estate have never materialised. For those residents who have purchased homes, their reality is an entirely different picture. A number of residents have young families and said that it is fast becoming a nightmare scenario. To date there has been no satisfactory action taken by Singland Homes Ltd., to finish the Glencree Estate. Residents are appealing to Eoghan Murphy, T.D. Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government to take action as the appalling, unfinished condition of the housing estate is putting lives at risk and hampering the social development of the local community. One resident described it as an absolute eyesore and is affecting normal daily living for young families. Another described the metal fencing surrounding the housing estate as unsightly and unacceptable. Residents are infuriated by the dilapidated Porto cabins, unused building materials and an out-building which remain inside the fencing. Many expressed concern that the footpath surfaces to the main Newport to Thurles road are unfinished and hazardous, forcing people off the paths onto the main road, particularly during heavy rainfall. Residents explained that traffic coming from the Thurles direction is immediately met with what now looks like a run-down estate and are outraged by the fact that their homes are becoming inequitable and say this is having a serious effect on their lives. Residents have been let-down by local T.D.s and Counsellors and feel strongly that Tipperary County Council and politicians have failed them. Residents are seeking support from local business owners and the local community as the unfinished entrance devalues the locality of Newport and not just the estate of Glencree. Residents are now appealing to Minister Eoghan Murphy, to take swift action. They are demanding that their quality of life is restored and say that this is not what they bought into and is not what they envisaged for their family lives in Glencree 14 years later. It has also come to our attention that the developer is planning on building in Limerick in the near future after leaving us in an unfinished estate!!! Please sign and share our petition and help give us a voice. This petition is run independently of Glencree Residents Association
Petition to Trevor Mitchell
Save historic house from demolition
An elegant Victorian house, 54 Elloughton Road, Brough, East Yorkshire, HU15 1AE, presently lived in and immaculately maintained by its owners, is in imminent danger of demolition by national property developers McCarthy & Stone. They are proposing a 3 storey complex of 35 luxury retirement apartments in its place. A number of mature trees would also be felled, impacting on wildlife. We, the villagers, are shocked that such an architecturally appealing and historic building, which unfortunately is not listed or in a conservation area, could be lost. This iconic landmark of our village has a subtle presence and influence on the sense of place on the road linking Elloughton with Brough. We are working on many levels to ensure its preservation, including the discovery of its history, which is locally important to the village. It was built as a high class boys’ boarding school in 1867/8, and used by wealthy families from all over the area. The Italianate style of the house reflects the quality of the classical education which was being offered, at a time when only rudimentary education was available to most children. The house later became a family home to a succession of locally influential people in Brough, including Sir Arthur Atkinson who founded the Atkinson Trust, which still awards grants in the village annually. Another link is with the actor Ian Carmichael, whose uncle owned the house. We would like Historic England to recognise the heritage value of this building by listing it, and hope you can support our campaign to save this historic building for the present generation and for those who follow us, and preserve our rural sense of place in Brough.
Petition to ealing council
Build affordable housing on the Gurnell Leisure centre Site - West London
Ealing Council intends to allow developers to build luxury housing on the Gurnell Leisure Centre site in return for a contribution towards the cost of improving the swimming pool. This contribution is welcome, but it is wrong to allow development on public land which waives the usual requirement for at least 25% of new housing to be to be affordable/social stock, while we are so desperate for social and affordable housing in the area. This must no be allowed to happen. Ealing currently has over 10,000 people on its social housing waiting list and current property prices are out of the reach of the majority of people. The average house price in Ealing is now £650,000 and average room rents are £825 pcm (£1400pcm for a 1 bed flat). Between 2014-15 the number of social houses increased by only 68 and affordable homes to buy by 480. People who have grown up in the Borough are having to move out, something that is happening right across London. Where are our teachers, nurses, doctors, bus drivers, cleaners, police all going to live? We are in desperate need of affordable housing and we must all be concerned about the mass sell-off of public land. We need genuinely affordable housing, not just a new swimming pool. Please join with me by signing a petition to Ealing Council requesting that they reconsider their policy to abandon its commitment to affordable and social housing.
Petition to DFDS , DFDS Esbjerg, DFDS Group, DFDS Media Contacts, Stena , Regina Line
Reopen the Harwich to Esbjerg ferry Crossing
We Must Bring This Route Back..... And Soon! In September 2014, a very special route from the UK to Scandinavia closed down. This route was the last ever route from the UK to Denmark and the last route to Scandinavia. Now we are left with the long drive via Dover/Newcastle or an even longer journey for foot passengers who used to use the route. The DFDS Dover to Calais/Dunkirk service do not allow foot passengers, therefore we are forced to go via Newcastle or seek a space onboard one of DFDS' freight vessels to Gothenburg or Brevik. 'To Travel is to live' - Hans Cristian Andersen The famous Danish author once said 'To Travel Is To Live' meaning that you can only live once you have travelled. Now the historical route that began during Hans' time has been lost due to various excuses that amount to nothing in the grand scheme of ferry travel in the United Kingdom, and abroad. Excuses include EU sulphur rules, where insignificant when a vessel has been fitted with scrubbers like the Sirena Seaways after it left the route. Other excuses range from passenger numbers, to duty free rules, which all have been proven to be workable. I am very proud of where this petition has gone, and as of 11/3/16 we have our first endorsement from the Harwich MP, and we hope to increase our supporter count because of this. We have also been subject to various news articles. RHEG is very proud to be the biggest online community who want this ferry back, and we will continue to champion this case until we get our ferry back! If you have any questions or queries please contact me at email@example.com or visit our Facebook group. Thanks for signing, and I hope you can soon enjoy a relaxing crossing to Denmark. George JOIN OUR ONLINE COMMUNITY: http://facebook.com/groups/418160151706839/?fref=ts