UNIONS NSW COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES - MEETING HELD THURSDAY, 10 AUGUST 2017
IN TRADES HALL AUDITORIUM, SYDNEY AT 5:30PM.

The President, Com. J. Kiejda occupied the Chair.

PRESENT:   Com. M. Morey [Secretary], Com. T. Costa [Assistant Secretary].

OPENING OF THE MEETING:  The President, Com. J. Kiejda 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.

MINUTES:  
The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:

"That the minutes from the meeting of 3 August 2017 as circulated be received."

Com. R. Fortescue (AMWU) seconded.

CARRIED

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:

"That the minutes of the meeting of 3 August 2017 as circulated be adopted."

Com. P. Byrne (NSWNMA) seconded.

CARRIED

APOLOGIES:  Apologies were received and accepted for:   E. Maiden (Assistant Secretary), M. Thomson (NTEU), B. Holmes (NSWNMA), P. Noack (AWU), D. McKinley (ETU), M. Whaites (NSWNMA).

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:

"That the apologies be received and accepted."

Com. A. Claassens (RTBU) seconded.

CARRIED

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE;
Com. Susan Price (NTEU) asked the Secretary for an update on the upcoming Day of Action and the Joint Delegates Conference.

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey replied that further updates would be provided next week.

GUEST SPEAKER:
The Secretary, Com. M. Morey welcomed the Hon. Adam Searle, MLC to address Council regarding the NSW Opposition's recent announcements on criminalising wage theft, name and shaming businesses that underpay workers and ratios for apprentices and trainees in government contracts.

Mr Searle spoke to Council and said "many of you would have been at the last ALP Conference and heard of our announcements to criminalise wage theft, to hold franchisers accountable for their franchisees treatment of workers and protecting penalty rates for state workers.

This Monday we made further announcements including a name and shame register for employers who underpay workers.  There was also another announce4ment which comes from discussions with Unions NSW, this an efficient mechanism to deal with disputes that arise with apprentices.  The current system is antiquated and stacked against the apprentice - we will reform this.  We know how hard life is for workers currently and we recognise that unions have been campaigning to improve workers lives and we will work closely with you into the future.

I have also come to ask for your assistance, we want to broaden our campaign against wage theft.  We need you to tell us the case studies of good and bad employers so that we can communicate the reasons for reform to the community."

The Secretary thanked Mr Searle for coming to speak to Council and thanked the Labor Party for taking up these important issues.  The union movement will continue to fight on these issues.

Vale - Johno Johnson

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey said it was his sad duty to announce the passing of Johno Johnson, former President of the state's Legislative Council this week aged 87 years.

Johno was a long-time stalwart of the ALP.  Born in Murwillumbah in 1930, he entered parliament in 1976.  Johno served in the NSW upper house from 1978 to 1991.

Having devoted his life to Labor and the Catholic Church.  He exited life as he lived it - without bitterness or regret, having earned the respect of both sides of the political divide.

He was a staunch Catholic and was made a papal knight of the Order of St Gregory the Great in 2006.  In 2015 Pope Francis promoted him to the top echelon of the award.

We offer our deepest condolences to his wife of 55 years Pauline, children Andrew, Michael, Monica, Naomi and grandchildren.

A state funeral for Johno will be held in St Mary's Cathedral on Friday 18 August - time TBC.

Unions NSW will hold a Motion of Condolence for Johno in the coming weeks.

EXECUTIVE CORRESPONDENCE:

1.  From the Shop, Distributive & Allied Employees' Association (SDA):  The raffle books are closed and the Father Mac's puddings sit unsold.  It is with great sadness that I advise that SDA life member Johno Johnson passed away yesterday.

Johno started working in the retail industry as a 15year old in northern NSW.  He was active in the Union as a member, delegate, Organiser and Assistant Secretary before entering the Legislative Council in 1976.  He served in the Legislative Council from 1976 to 2001, including 13 years as President.

As an Organiser, Johno covered vast parts of NSW from Sydney up to and including the north coast of NSW where he was a frequent caller on shop assistants as he did his country tour.

Like a true 'shoppie' Johno remained committed to retail and the art of selling throughout his life.  Many here would have directly experienced his selling expertise.  You knew Christmas was on its way in the SDA office when Johno's cartons of Father Mac's Heavenly Puddings popped up for sale in the tea room.

On "retiring" from his active "sales work" last year Johno was awarded life membership of the SDA in recognition of his loyal and dedicated service to the Union and its members in upholding the principles of trade unionism.  He was also a life member of the ALP and a papal knight of the Order of St Gregory.

Johno lived a life of service to others and he was dedicated to his faith, family and the labor movement.  He was the embodiment of a long and living labor tradition and encompassed faith, family and dignity of labor.

While some people pray for a better world, Johno knew you had to work and be involved to change things.  Just like a raffle "you have to be in it to win it".

Johno was a humble but great labor man who will be dearly missed by all.   He fought the good fight, he finished the race, he kept the faith.

We offer our deepest condolences to his wife Pauline, his children and his grandchildren.

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved the Executive recommendation:

"That the correspondence be received and Unions NSW is saddened to hear of the passing of Johno and we will hold a Motion of Condolence to pay homage to his dedication and tireless work to the union movement."

Com. B. Smith (SDA) seconded.

CARRIED

Com. Bernie Smith SDA spoke to council and said "it's a great sadness that Johno has passed.  I have know him for 20 years.  He was a continuous member of the SDA since 1955 and he will be greatly missed."


REPORTS:

1.  Shellharbour Hospital
Com. S. Barbar reported on the 'Keep Our Hospital Public Campaign' and said that we are taking our hospital and health campaign to the next level.  The campaign is going well.  Two events were held last week to celebrate our win in reversing the privatisation of both Bowral and Wyong hospitals.

Today the Save Shellharbour Hospital Petition was introduced to Parliament by the local ALP Member, Anna Watson.

Both Shellharbour and Maitland Hospital campaigns will continue to keep these hospitals public.

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:

"That the report be received and noted".

Com. P. Byrne (NSWNMA) seconded.

CARRIED

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1. Bluestocking Week 2017 - Trivia Night
Celebrating Women in Higher Education
Hosted by NTEU.  All unionists welcome.  Thursday 17 August from 6pm
Atrium, 
Trades Hall - Tables of 6
Cost:  Women: $25/ea; Men: $29/ea (accounting for the 16% gender pay gap)
Raising funds for Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia
Details and tickets:   www.nteu.org.au/nsw

2.  APHEDA Fundraising Dinner
Monday 28 August 2017 - 6:30pm till 10:00pm
Aerial Function Centre, Level 7, 235 Jones Street, (UTS Building 10) Ultimo
Tickets: $95.00 per ticket /$950 per table of 10
Contact: 1800 888 674 or email office@apheda.org.au

3.  Save The Date - Equal Pay Dinner
Wednesday 13th September 2017 -
Details to be confirmed soon.

MEETING ADJOURNED AT 6:05PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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