Petition to PayPal, Daniel Schulman, Bank of Tanzania (BOT)
Make Tanzanians receive funds with PayPal
In 2014 I planned to visit Mikumi National Park; an absolutely beautiful wildlife conservation. To achieve that I prepared for fundraising, by offering (Swahili - English) translation services on Elance, and also selling handmade traditional ornaments on eBay. I knew that a PayPal account was necessary, good thing I already had an account which I entirely used for purchases. But it didn’t take long to realize that a Tanzanian PayPal account can only send but cannot receive money! So, I decided to contact PayPal desperately hoping to get some help, even if it meant paying extra fees, I was willing to. It has been almost 3 years ever since I started requesting but PayPal has not yet granted the solution. They won’t disclose why Tanzanian PayPal accounts won’t receive money but kept on suggesting that I should ask buyers to use alternative payment methods like money orders, checks, bank wires transfers, etc. Honestly, that's easier said than done because popular sites like eBay prefer PayPal EXCLUSIVELY and impose restrictions from using the alternative payment methods. The moment seller suggests alternative payment methods; s/he is automatically infringing site’s rules despite the fact that such a suggestion is itself a deal breaker for most buyers and employers on freelancing sites. I bet PayPal realizes that Tanzanian dwellers cannot sell any goods on popular shopping site like Amazon or eBay; thousands of unemployed graduates and experts cannot freelance on popular freelancing sites like Upwork, Elance, etc; domestic charity organizations cannot launch international campaigns to let millions of Diasporas and foreigners donate to a passionate course or aid. This is a lot of day-to-day missed opportunity that any person living in Tanzania is locked out of access. When will residents of Tanzania be allowed to earn online? It is well known that Swahili is Tanzania’s native language. The majority of Tanzanians can translate English to Swahili and the vice versa in a heartbeat. These are the people who are qualified to do online translations. Tanzania has a lot of rare precious resources (like Tanzanite) that you won’t find anywhere else in the world, and Tanzanians have traditional industries that are ready to sell to the whole world. Many entrepreneurs lack seed capital for piloting their ideas. If entrepreneurs are given a chance to earn online they will surely work, save and bootstrap their startups. Sadly we have little to no access to the above opportunities because the world’s gigantic online payment processor i.e. PayPal won’t let us get paid. If such economic barriers aren’t upheld then it must be difficult for organizations or campaigns that are trying to convince youth not to leave their countries for abroad, because nobody will want to stay in his/her country if jobs are hard to find. I believe PayPal has a role to play here by unlocking all its features hence creating job opportunities for residents of Tanzania. Tanzania has 50+ banks, 4 major mobile money services (M-Pesa included) which can act as PayPal funds withdrawal agents if Tanzanian PayPal accounts are authorized to receive money. Please support this petition to pursue PayPal to unlock its ‘receive money’ feature for Tanzanian PayPal accounts. You and I will help create 1000+ jobs locally. Thank you! Note: Please excuse my grammar, I am still learning English.
Petition to Philip Green
Topshop: Pay your cleaners the living wage
My name is Maria Susana Benavidez Guaman. I'm a 40 year old single mother with 3 children aged 3, 5 and 11 and I’m contracted to work as a cleaner at Topshop's flagship store in Oxford Street. I am paid a poverty wage for the work I do and am simply asking Topshop and Britannia Services Group to pay me a Living Wage so I can provide a decent life for me and my family.I am originally from Ecuador but had to leave after the banking crisis of 1998 which left me and millions of others destitute. I then moved to Madrid where I opened my own shop selling food. However, when the financial crisis hit Spain I was once again left unemployed and destitute and this time came to London with my children in 2009.From 1st April the minimum wage is going up to £7.20. The government are calling it the 'living wage', but it’s just a minimum wage with a new name. The real living wage is currently £9.40 per hour and is based on minimum income standards methodology and takes account of real living costs for essential goods and services.Although I am not directly employed by Topshop, they have the power to ensure me and my colleagues are paid a living wage. Topshop is the flagship brand of the Arcadia Group which is owned by billionaire Philip Green. In its Code of Conduct Topshop claim they "fully subscribe to the concept of the "living wage." I’m asking Philip Green to stand by these words and include everyone working at Topshop in his promise, including the cleaners. People say it’s not possible to give cleaners the same rights as their directly employed staff because they are contracted by another firm. But just last year a group of cleaners campaigned with their union United Voices of the World to get the auction house Sotheby’s to insist on their contractors paying their cleaners the living wage. People power helped make that happen. It will work for us too if we get enough support. My wage is simply not enough for me or my colleagues to live on. After rent, travel and child care costs I am left in debt at the end of every month. I think we should be valued and recognised for the work we do because it is a tough job. We cannot get by with our poverty wages. The minimum they could do to recognise and value us is to pay us a Living Wage.
Petition to india's labour bureau, Government of India, Prime Minister, Vijay goel, Narendra Modi
generate part time jobs for teenagers
Teenagers are struggling a lot to make their dreams came true. Most of the time there is a conflict between children and their families to choose a path for making their dreams came true. They need money to live their life to their fullest but their parents feel burned to fulfill all what they want. In our country there is a great need to generate part time jobs for teenagers so that they can raise funds for their daily expenses and for pursuing their higher studies for completing their aim. If part time jobs are generated on large scale in our economy then teenagers may feel secure regarding their future as they will be having something in their pocket to spend in the time of crisis or whenever they want without giving pressure to their parents . I request you all to sign this petition. Thanks
Petition to Theresa May MP
Make Maternity pay longer for working mothers
Two years ago I went on Maternity Leave. I was given a choice between 6 months leave or a year. As I am a first time parent and I had no one else to rely on I decided to take my first year off from work to look after my baby and spend time with her in her first crucial year in life. My choice was not one for just getting time off work but it was to be able to be there for my baby through this learning stage rather than leaving her in care of someone else. After checking things financially my husband and I gathered that with the SMP and my work pay and his pay it should be okay for us to sail through this important first year. How wrong were we. As we are just a cut below the average pay for any type of support from the government all we got extra to the above was the Child Tax Credits. Which to be honest in itself is actually not a lot in today's society where 50 nappies on their own cost from £15 and up and a baby goes through at least one nappy every 2 hours in the day. This automatically started to increase the costs in the house. Then we got another blow, after 13 weeks my work place stopped paying me so that dropped us to only having the SMP and my husbands salary (which goes towards the mortgage, bills, council tax). After 39 weeks (altogether) the SMP also stopped. This left us with 3 months of living on one persons salary with a new born and all the other expenses. Ultimately it put us in a bit of debt. I know a lot of families that go through this... hard working people that struggle to support their family in a time when they need it most. Some mothers decide to go back early due to this, but why should we? Doctors say that the first year of a babies life is the most important time so then why are we being forced to abandon our baby and earn money that we will earn for the rest of our lives but the one time we could do with the full support of the government and our work place we are pushed aside. I want us to stand up together, so that we can make a difference for future mothers or even ourselves (if we are planning to have another baby). The government should work with our workplaces to give us longer maternity pay so that we are covered for the entire year of leave and that families do not end up worse off just because they want to be there for their baby. I strongly believe that if we really want a change to something that is going to affect possibly every household in the country then why not stand up for it and question it. With so many cuts hitting families.. don't let another one get us in a worse of position. Fight to get our rights as new mothers and for our babies. #LongerMatPay to get talking about this issue and get our voices heard!
Petition to Leon Daniels, Sadiq Khan, Mike Brown, Mike Gapes
Save Kristi's Shoe Repairs!
Kristi's Shoe Repairs has been a part of Ilford station for over a quarter of a century providing quality shoe repair services to commuters and local customers. Kristi's is not just a local business with a loyal customer base, it is part of the Ilford Community and as a small local business Kristi's pays it taxes to the local community.The upgrade of Ilford Station as part of the London Cross Rail project is a welcomed improvement for the people of Ilford and London as a whole. However instead of embracing this small local business, TFL and its subsidiary Crossrail are evicting Kristi's from the new station. Despite my many requests, TFL and its agents have not offered Kristi's any space in the new station.Unless there is a change of heart by TFL, Kristi's at Ilford Station will close its door for the last time in 2017. With your help by signing the petition to save Kristi's we may be able to persuade TFL to include this small and successful local business alongside the many corporate retailers that are being brought into the newly developed Ilford station.
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 (Via the Amsterdam service). Passengers now face further issues, now passengers are not permited on freight routes to Sweden and Norway. '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 largest online community who campaign to get 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our Facebook group. I try my best to reply quickly via email, however please remember I am not always with my phone. 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
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 Michael Gove, Sadiq Khan
Help Us Sink Plans for London’s #ToxicCruisePort
Michael Gove has pledged to take action on diesel fumes on the roads. Now we believe it's time to do the same for much dirtier diesel fuel on the river as a new cruise liner port is about to be built near the O2. Just one medium sized cruise ship moored at the Greenwich site by Enderby Wharf (now called 'Maritime View'), will consume about 700 litres of diesel per hour. That's the same as having 688 heavy lorries with their engines idling - spewing out toxic fumes near homes and schools. Experts claim that pollution leads to 10,000 premature deaths in the UK every year causing all manner of problems: permanent lung damage in children issues with dementia and cognition untold suffering for people with asthma Cruise ships have a terrible record for pollution and emission control, which is why Mr Gove must introduce measures so that: the cruise ships plug into a ship to shore power supply or we abandon the port completely. Onshore power is the common sense solution. It's worked in the Port of Los Angeles where the port serves 43 miles of coastline. It could also work at Enderby Wharf which is infinitely smaller by comparison. This petition was started as a cry for help when Greenwich Council forced through planning permission for Enderby Wharf, despite vehement protestations from locals and environmental groups. The decision was challenged in the High Court, but the case was lost because there are no laws to protect people living near the river. The Mayor of London has promised to help but has discovered he has no powers over river traffic. The terminal could bring in tourist dollars, granted, but if peoples' health suffers as a direct result – which it undoubtedly will without onshore power – it defies all logic. When planning permission was sought for the development most of us were ignorant about the effects of pollution. Now we have the facts at our disposal there is NO EXCUSE. We’re not a bunch of tree hugging activists with nothing better to do. We are ordinary people concerned about the long term health of children, family and friends whose health will suffer if this goes ahead. Not just here but at ports everywhere, like Southampton, where cruise ships contribute up to 23 per cent of the city's air pollution. Enderby Wharf is up for sale. Whoever buys it needs to know that unless they install an onshore power supply, the terminal is pure poison. Yes, there will be an extra price tag attached. But compared to the human cost, and the burden it will invariably place on the NHS, it’s well worth it. Ultimately, if we can't facilitate a ship to shore power supply at Enderby, then we might as well abandon the port altogether. The EU has a directive that says that all ports must provide onshore power by 2025. If, as Mr Gove believes, we’ll be better off and greener outside the EU, now is the ideal opportunity to prove it.