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 Newham Council
Newham residents parking to be Monday-Friday only
Weekend parking should be free Parking is already a problem during the weekdays, but when it comes to the weekend you expect to go to family or friends house for the weekend without think if you are getting a ticket or being towed away. The majority of London boroughs have a Monday to Friday parking restriction but Newham has a Monday to Saturday Policy. Not only is this inconvenient for the number of visitor and the local economy but for residents who have a company car. If you live in Newham and have a company car what are you to do on the weekend park in another area/borough or drive around until Saturday 6.30 pm. If you are a Newham resident or a driver this petition will benefit you as we sometime have to park in different areas of Newham for shopping and socialising. Thank you for taking the time to read.
Petition to Shane Ross Minister for Transport, National Transport Authority
A 'FARE' DEAL FOR NEWBRIDGE AND KILDARE
The addition of Naas and Kilcock to the Short Hop Zone has highlighted the outrageous rail fares paid by Newbridge and Kildare commuters going to jobs and college courses. A single adult ticket to Heuston costs €15.05. The Leap Card /Smart Card fare from Sallins and Naas is €3.56. There are substantial differences on all other ticket types too because Newbridge and Kildare fares are calculated on an intercity basis. Commuters have little choice but to travel where the jobs are...usually Dublin. And many of us live in homes and estates that were marketed for their commuting suitability and proximity to rail services. It seems that no one in Authority is interested that this costs Newbridge and Kildare commuters several hundred euros every year. Newbridge Labour has organised a PETITION to the Minister for Transport, and the National Transport Authority, seeking immediate action. It's easy and very quick. Please add your voice. Let's get a 'fare' deal for Newbridge and Kildare.
Petition to Council of the European Union
Instruments à bord des avions: demandons au Conseil européen de suivre le Parlement !
[English version] [Deutsche Version] [Versión española] Vous pensiez que l’Union européenne traitait décemment les musiciens voyageant par avion avec leurs instruments ? Vous aviez tort ! Voici pourquoi : Il y a deux ans, le 5 février 2014, le Parlement Européen adoptait en première lecture un texte révisant le Règlement Communautaire 2027/97 sur la responsabilité des transporteurs aériens au regard du transport aérien des passagers et de leurs bagages. Ce règlement révisé, adopté à une écrasante majorité (580 voix pour, 41 contre, 48 abstentions), comporte des dispositions visant à faciliter le transport des instruments de musique à bord en tant que bagage à main. Néanmoins, ce texte ne deviendra applicable qu’une fois adopté exactement dans les mêmes termes par le Parlement européen ET le Conseil européen. Malheureusement, le peu d'attention que le Conseil européen a jusqu'à présent prêté à cette question l'a seulement conduit à proposer de retirer l’article 6e, c'est à dire très exactement la section reconnaissant aux musiciens le droit d'être traités décemment par les compagnies aériennes. Le raisonnement du Conseil est que « chaque transporteur aérien devrait être laissé libre d’établir sa propre politique en la matière. » Le problème est que les compagnies pratiquent toutes des politiques différentes et généralement défavorables aux musiciens. Le 6 mars 2015, une nouvelle réglementation concernant le transport des instruments de musique est entrée en vigueur aux Etats-Unis, en application de la loi de Modernisation et de Réforme de la FAA de 2012. Cette réglementation établit un cadre équitable, en harmonie avec les dispositions contenues dans l’article 6e que le Conseil Européen entend supprimer. Il n’y a aucune raison pour que l’Union Européenne se montre moins juste que les États-Unis envers les musiciens, surtout sur une question aussi essentielle pour la profession. C’est pourquoi nous appelons à une nouvelle mobilisation massive de la communauté musicale internationale, afin d’engager le Conseil Européen à maintenir l’article 6e du règlement révisé 2027/97, dans les termes adoptés par le Parlement européen et sans aucune altération. Les Musiciens, d’où qu’ils viennent et quel que soit le lieu où ils exercent leur métier, méritent un traitement équitable lorsqu’ils voyagent par avion avec leurs instruments!
Petition to Sadiq Khan
#Stoppollution from toxic cruise terminal
If plans for the cruise terminal at Greenwich's Enderby Wharf go ahead, a supersized cruise-liner-hotel will chug out toxic fumes from its diesel engines 24 hours a day - 200 days a year - parked up near homes and schools in Greenwich and Tower Hamlets. According to the developer’s own figures, generators on medium sized cruise ships consume about 700 litres of diesel per hour - that's like having 688 heavy lorries with their engines idling in someone's back garden! Developers and local government are blatantly ignoring a European directive that says large ships should have access to ship-to-shore electrical power. In other words they should be plugged into the mains, instead of using their engines. It's vital that: Ships have access to ship-to-shore power Pollution levels are monitored constantly - and that authorities introduce tough emergency measures when necessary The terminal could be a great addition to the river, but only if it isn't allowed to spew out toxic fumes. So please SIGN THIS PETITION and SHARE IT on facebook or twitter. It doesn’t matter if you live nearby, or where you are politically - developers need to know that profit doesn't come before our health.
Petition to The Rt Hon Amber Rudd MP for Hastings and Rye, Rt. Hon. Nick Hurd MP
Grant Police Widows Pensions for Life - Don't Make Them Choose Between Future Happiness and Pensions
My husband Colin was a police dog handler and served with the West Midlands Police for 21 years. On Sunday 29th November 1987, he was dispatched with a number of his colleagues to deal with a disturbance; having performed this duty Colin suffered a heart attack and died at the scene – he was 40 years old. At 24 I found myself a widow, and our 4 year old daughter Kelly lost her best friend in the world. In 2001 I was faced with a very difficult decision: to keep my police widows' pension, or move in with my partner; although I could ill afford to lose the money living apart was becoming intolerable. Our financial lives have been a roller coaster ride since then but we have been happy. 2006 saw Police Pension Regulations change for new entrants and serving officers eligible to transfer to the new scheme. Should the most awful thing happen, they know that their survivors' benefits are now payable for life, irrespective of whether they remarry or form a new partnership. Changes have also taken place in Northern Ireland: 'Following a change to the Royal Ulster Constabulary Pension Regulations 1988, widows whose widows’ pension ceased on remarriage under the RUC Pension Regulations 1988 will now have their widows pension reinstated from 1 July 2014. For those of us forever overshadowed by the 1987 Police Pension Regulations, we have been told by the government - that in order to make public service pensions affordable for the tax payer, we will not be able to keep our pensions for life should we remarry or cohabit, and those of us who have already chosen love over money will not have our pensions reinstated. They say that the financial cost is too great. I think that you will agree that our husbands have already paid the ultimate price and given value for money in serving and dying within their communities. If you agree, and think that all police widows should keep their pensions for life – then please sign this petition. Thank you. Cathryn L. Hall CathrynHall@outlook.com Update As a direct result of this campaign the Police (Injury Benefit) Regulations 2006) were amended; the amendment came into force January 18th 2016. The widows, widowers and civil partners of police officers killed in the line of duty and covered by the 1987 Police Pension Regulations, will now receive their pensions for life if they were in receipt of a special or augmented pension and remained unmarried and were not living with a partner by 1st April 2015. The survivors of firefighters killed on duty will also benefit from these changes. On October 5th 2015 the Scottish Government announced the same amendment to the pensions paid to the survivors of police officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty in Scotland. Scotland differs from England and Wales in that the survivors who were entitled to a special or augmented pension before they remarried or moved in with a partner - have had their pensions reinstated and back-dated to 1st October 2015. We continue to campaign for parity with the RUC widows in Northern Ireland and lifelong pensions for ALL police widows, widowers and civil partners.
Petition to Shrewton Parish Council
Keep The George Inn as a pub
To have heard this weekend that this historic 16th century coaching inn, one of only two pubs left in our village of Shrewton, has just been bought to re-open as a tea room has made me want to laugh and cry all at the same time. I am obviously biased as it was a big part of my life for over twenty years but there must be a lot of people unhappy at the thought of this change of business. Please do not let it happen - it is very likely to struggle and then close and then become a lovely home for someone. Well it was a lovely home for me too but it was also a thriving business where we could all eat, drink and be merry - I don't see that happening over a cup of tea and a slice of cake! Please, please re-open as a pub - run well it can thrive again.