The President, Com. M. Issanchon occupied the Chair.


PRESENT: M. Lennon [Secretary], M. Morey, E. Maiden (Assistant Secretaries] and delegates as per attendance book.

OPENING OF THE MEETING: The President, Com. M. Issaanchon opened the meeting and in doing so recognised the traditional owners of the land on which the meeting was held, The Gadigal People of the Eora Nation

The President, Com. M. Issanchon welcomed distinguished guests the Hon. Barrie Unsworth and the Hon. Adam Searle, MLC. 

WELCOME TO FRATERNAL DELEGATES:  The President, Com. M. Issanchon welcomed and introduced our fraternal delegates from Rengo Tokyo:-

  • Brother Tetsuo Ando, Vice President, Rengo Tokyo, Confederation of Japan Automobile Workers' Union
  • Brother Yasushi Kond0, Vice General Secretary, Rengo Tokyo, General Federation of Private Railway Workers' Union of Japan
  • Brother Kazuaki Yumoto, Member of Executive Committee, Rengo Tokyo, All Mint Labor Union of Japan
  • Sister Hiroko Ishizuka, Member of Central Executive Committee, Tokyo Electric Power Workers' Union

WELCOME TO THE HON. LUKE FOLEY, NSW OPPOSITION LEADER:  The Secretary, Mark Lennon welcomed the Hon. Luke Foley, NSW Opposition Leader to the Unions NSW Annual General Meeting.


From:  Textile Clothing & Footwear Union of Australia, NSW/SA.TAS Branch:- appointing G. Welsh in place of H., Nguyen for tonight's meeting.

From:  Public Service Association of New South Wales:- appointing A. Holland, S. Cunio, J. D'Arienzo, I. Lambert, E. Ivy, S. Vassar, M. Court and J. Moore as delegates for tonight's meeting.


From:  Australian Medical Officers' Federation, NSW Branch:- appointing Dennis Ravlich as its delegate for 2015.

From:  Finance Sector Union of Australia, NSW Branch:- appointing G. Derrick, J. Angrisano, B. Gallen, O. Hamed, R. Coelho, J. Schulz, N. Sign, A. Catt as delegates for 2015 and L. Armfield, S. Watts, C. Gambian, D. Faddoul as alternate delegates for 2015.

From:  Newcastle Trades Hall Council:- appointing Daniel Wallace as their delegate for 2015.

From:  National Union of Workers:- appointing D. Belan, W. Meaney, J. Nero, R. Herbert, M. Cochrane, N. Belan, G. Cripps, M. Bernard as delegates for 2015 and S. Mueller, C. Morgan, T. McQuillan, M. Cartwright, M. Ptolemy, J. Cody, B. Mendonca, W. Mete, Te Pare Kavana as alternate delegates for 2015.

The Secretary, Com. M. Lennon moved:-

“That the credentials be received and accepted and delegates welcomed”.


Com. D. Ravlich seconded.



The Secretary, Com. M. Lennon, moved a Suspension of Standing Orders to enable the Hon. Luke Foley, NSW Opposition Leader to address the Annual General Meeting.

Com.  Graham Kelly seconded.


Address – Hon. Luke Foley

 Luke Foley stated how he was proud that for most of his adult life he had been an activist in the labour movement. He thanked Mark Lennon and the officers and affiliates for the NSW Not for Sale campaign. He noted that our values in Unions NSW and the Labor Party were a constant (while policies might change). And that the values of our political opponents haven’t changed either. Baird, Newman, Abbott are all peas in a pod. Our job in the next 37 days is to ensure everyone knows Baird’s agenda is the same as Abbott’s and Newman’s: selling public assets and cutting health and education. They think the government is always the problem, not the solution. We think the government is a solution to give people a fair shot in life, decent and well-resourced education and health sectors – giving people of modest and middle incomes a chance to succeed. This is the hallmark of a decent society. Today, Luke released Labor’s infrastructure policy. It is a $10 billion commitment without selling off our electricity network. Labor will commit 50% more money to building and upgrading schools and hospitals ($3 billion) than Baird, without selling off electricity. Labor has a better plan. It relies on the secure revenue of the electricity network. Labor will rebuild and strong and independent Industrial Relations Commission in NSW. Labor will reinstate a fair system for people injured at work. Labor won’t change Boxing Day trading. Labor will fight for NSW jobs, giving preference in tendering to NSW businesses. Labor will rebuild the TAFE system. Labor will reverse the massive TAFE fee increases and cap the share of the vocational education system available to private RTOs. TAFE will have a guaranteed 70%. These things are worth fighting for. The support of Unions NSW buoys Luke through a difficult campaign, to keep fighting. He is proud to lead a united labour movement into the election. Labor governed NSW for the majority of the last century. Labor turned NSW into a harmonious, prosperous and fair State. Luke is fighting to maintain these values and society. 



The Secretary, Com. M. Lennon moved a resumption of standing orders. In doing so, he thanked Luke for his address. Com. Lennon noted, as Luke had acknowledged, that the union movement formed the Labor Party. Com. Lennon thanked Luke for so clearly outlining the weaknesses of Baird’s privatisation agenda. An agenda he refused to defend at the Senate Inquiry recently. Com. Lennon thanked Luke for his commitments on the Industrial Relations Commission, workers compensation, Boxing Day, TAFE and local jobs. He looks forward to working with Luke and noted as election day approaches, our message will be if you want a decent NSW don’t go down the Baird path.

Com. J. Owen seconded.


The President, Com. M. Issanchon welcomed Mr. Ando Tetsu, Vice President, Rengo Tokyo and invited him to address delegates.

 ‘Unions NSW, Ladies and Gentlemen!

My name is ANDO Tetsuo, Vice President of Japanese Trade Union Confederation, local RENGO TOKYO and Confederation of Japan Automobile Workers.

On behalf of 1 million and 70,000 member-strong RENGO TOKYO, I would like to thank you for inviting us and it is my great privilege to address your Annual General Meeting. I am from the Automobile Workers’ Union.

So buy a Japanese car.

Last October, Mark Morey together with your union delegates visited Japan and attended the 30th Local Committee Meeting. It was May in 1991 that our delegates first visited the Labor Council of NSW. Since then, my friends! UNIONS NSW is extremely important for us. We have a need to learn from each other and exchange our views. We intend to work closely together with you and I believe this will help raise the level of the movements all over the world.

We will fulfil our respective roles, restore dignity to work and pursue livelihoods of all workers throughout the world. We are defending the rights of workers by actively participating with governmental and metropolitan deliberative assembly.

We have dispatched many members to various public deliberative assemblies, mentioned remarks and protected the rights of workers.

Now we face that regular employees are replaced by dispatched workers and non-regular employees. The super-aging society, rapidly declining population and the unequal society. Workers whose physical and mental health is damaged due to overwork continue to increase.

The government (Supermajority party) has the degradation of labor laws being proposed in places where worker representatives are not present and has right to exercise collective self-defense.   

Challenge a 1.2 million movement. We will aim for 1.2 million members by 2020.          

In the April 2015 local elections, we will get together with union members, the community and general public. We will take a big role to get all candidates elected.

Finally, I sincerely hope the success of this the annual general meeting.

Thank you.

Ando Tetsuo, Leader of the Delegation.

APOLOGIES: Apologies were received and accepted for:- J. Davidson, D. Wallace, S. Bali, R. Fortescue, B Smith, L. Kremmer.

The Secretary, Com. M. Lennon moved:-


“That the apologies be received and accepted.”

 Com. Brian Parker seconded.




The Secretary, Com. M. Lennon presented the 2014 Unions NSW Annual Report to the meeting, copies of which had been circulated to delegates and a copy is attached to these minutes. Com. Lennon drew delegates attention to the outstanding work of Unions NSW outlined in the Report. He thanked Adam Kerslake and Jeff Priestley, who had left Unions NSW during 2014, and congratulated Graham Kelly for recently becoming Vice President.

The Secretary Com. M. Lennon moved: -

 “That the 2014 Annual Report be received.”

 Com.  B. Holmes seconded.


The Secretary Com. M. Lennon moved: -

 “That the 2014 Annual Report be adopted.”

 Com. A. Gardiner seconded.



The Secretary, Com. M. Lennon presented to the meeting correspondence from the auditors regarding the status of the audit.  The auditors advised that they have substantially completed the audit of the consolidated financial statements of Unions NSW.

The Secretary, Com. M. Lennon moved: -

 “That the Auditor’s report be received.”

 Com. R. Collison seconded.


The Secretary, Com. M. Lennon moved: -

“That the Auditor’s report be adopted.”

 Com. P. Reid seconded.



The Secretary, Com. M. Lennon presented the Annual Balance Sheet as at 30 June 2014.

The Secretary, Com. M. Lennon moved:

“That the Annual Balance Sheet be received.”

 Com.  J. Angrisano seconded.


The Secretary, Com. M. Lennon moved:-

That the Annual Balance Sheet be adopted.” 

Com.  A. Claassens seconded.



The Secretary, Com. M. Lennon presented the Annual Trades Hall Report and a copy is contained in the Unions NSW Annual Report attached to these minutes. Com. Lennon in particular thanked the AWU for their donation of framed copies of Gough Whitlam’s membership tickets.

The Secretary, Com. M. Lennon moved:-

 “That the report be received.”

 Com. G. Derrick seconded.


The Secretary, Com. M. Lennon moved:-

 “That the report be adopted.”

 Com. W. Meaney seconded.



The Secretary, Com. M. Lennon, in accordance with Rule 13 moved:-

That KPMG, the audit company, be appointed Auditors for Unions NSW for the year ended 30th June 2015.”

R. Mallia seconded.


The Secretary Com. M. Lennon advised Unions NSW Scrolls of Honour for the following distinguished delegates: -

  • Barry Tubner, Textile, Clothing & Footwear Union of Australia
  • Mary Court, Public Services Association of NSW and Penrith Valley Community Unions
  • Jenny Diamond,  NSW Teachers Federation
  • John Maher, Australian Services Union

The Secretary, Com. M. Lennon advised both Jenny and John were unable to be present at tonight’s meeting and would be presented with their Scroll of Honour during a future meeting.

Com. Tubner briefly addressed delegates, noting how proud he was of all those present. He said that he had started as a delegate 38 years ago in a packed Trades hall and he was glad to see the hall packed again tonight.




Christopher Boon


Rhiannon Edmonds


Adrian Rooke


Brad Mariano


Keiran Adair

United Voice

Brenton Dart


Yang Yu

Professionals Australia

Rochelle Dobson


Rame Wai P Wong


Clare Swan

Newcastle Trades Hall Council

Lauren McGowan Slee

Newcastle Trades Hall Council

Jack Brady


Pat Cooke


Lizzie Green


Matthew Campbell

Unions NSW

Anna Garnock


Matthew Weetman


Jye Whyte


Thomas McIntosh


Deanna Rowe


The Secretary, Com. M. Lennon thanked all staff for their hard work over the last 12 months.  



1.   Fight For Our Rights Nationwide Protest
12:30pm - March 4th 2015 Parliament House, Macquarie Street, Sydney

2.   NSW Not For Sale TV Ad shown.

The Secretary, Com. M. Lennon invited delegates to join him in the Atrium for refreshments and drinks

Meeting Adjourned at 7:04pm



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