UNIONS NSW COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES - MEETING HELD THURSDAY, 10 May 2018
IN TRADES HALL AUDITORIUM, SYDNEY AT 5:30PM.

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

PRESENT:  M. Morey (Secretary), T. Costa and Emma Maiden (Assistant Secretaries).

OPENING OF THE MEETING:
The President, Com. J. Kiejda opened the meeting and in doing so recognised the traditional custodians 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 May 2018 as circulated be received.”

Com M. Kearin (NSWNMA) seconded.

CARRIED

The Secretary, Com M. Morey moved:-

That the minutes from the meeting of 3 May 2018 as amended be adopted.”

Com R. De Stazo (NSWNMA) seconded.

CARRIED

APOLOGIES: Apologies were received and accepted for; B. Homes (NSWNMA), G. Kelly (USU), B. Smith (SDA).

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:  

“That the apologies be received and accepted.” 

Com. P. Noack (AWU) seconded.

CARRIED

GUEST SPEAKER

Martin Cartwright, Secretary, National Union of Workers

Com. M. Cartwright spoke to Council and said: “I want to start by thanking Mark Morey and Unions NSW and all the affiliates that reached out during the past two years and who helped us through those difficult times.

I’ve worked in the movement for 20 years and under a number of different leaders but what is the most important quality of leadership is to remember is that the people who matter the most are the members. That has been and will be my focus in leading the NUW.

It’s a great honor for the union to be re-affiliated with Unions NSW.”

EXECUTIVE CORRESPONDENCE:

From: The NSW Nurses and Midwives Association re: Senate into for-profit for aged care providers. We received news today of a Senate inquiry into the financial and tax practices of Australia’s for-profit aged care providers.  The news comes just a week after the ANMF released a report - prepared by the Tax Justice Network, titled Tax avoidance by for-profit aged care companies: profit shifting on public funds. 

The inquiry will examine: 

  1. The use of any tax avoidance or aggressive tax minimization strategies;
  2. The associated impacts on the quality of service delivery, the sustainability of the sector, or value for money for government;
  3. The adequacy of accountability and probity mechanisms for the expenditure of tax payer money;
  4. Whether current practices meet public expectations.

 This is an incredible feat not just for us but the entire country.  

Aged care residents receive one and a half hours less care than they should, every day.  Yet there are no rules to ensure the $2.17 Billion in government subsidies given to these for-profit providers is spent directly on their care. 

The report, proves we need ratios in aged care – not just more funding.  These providers have the financial capacity to employ more nurses and carers but are placing their profits and shareholders before safe care for their residents by using available loopholes to avoid paying their fair share of tax. 

Our campaign to make ratios law will put a spotlight on this unfair practice and make sure companies - that receive millions of dollars via Australian Government subsidies - be required by law to meet higher standards of transparency in financial reporting. 

Com. M. Waites spoke and said, “When I first worked in aged care 20 years ago, we had high numbers of registered nurses and now we have only 1 on each floor. These are organisations that are government funded but also are making a profit and engaging in tax avoidance schemes.

This needs to change. 

These organisations need to be accountable. We want your support, get your submissions into this inquiry and get along to our event tomorrow.”

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:

 “That the correspondence be received and Unions NSW will support the NSWNMA in their campaign to make ratios law and to put a spotlight on unfair practices in the for-profit aged care providers sector.”

Com. M. Waites (NSWNMA) seconded.

CARRIED

REPORTS:

1.May Day 2018

Com M. Yaager reported to Council and said, “This year was the biggest May Day in years; it was great to see such a large turn-out. 

All Affiliates have reported back with a lot of support and I congratulate them for participating and helping to make May Day Union Day.”

The Secretary Com. M. Morey moved;

“That the report be received and adopted.”

Com. M. Cartwright (NUW) seconded.

CARRIED

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1. International Nurses Day – Ratios for Aged Care Campaign Launch

Ratios for Aged Care Campaign lunch taking place on International Nurses Day, 11:00am – 1:00pm, Saturday 12 May at the Bowling Green, Parramatta Park, (Cnr Pitt and Macquarie Streets).

Shuttle buses will be available from/to Katoomba, Wollongong, Gosford and Parramatta train stations.

2. Mothers Day Classic

$5668 is what we have raised so far -  Last year we raised: $12,445.31 

Help us raise even more this year. 

WHERE
The Domain, Art Gallery Road, Sydney
WHEN
Sunday 13 May 2018

DISTANCES
4km walk, 4km run, 7km walk, 8km run

THE COURSE 
Join the Unions NSW team – run or walk – http://www.mothersdayclassic.com.au/register/  
Donate to the Unions NSW team - https://mothersdayclassic18.everydayhero.com/au/unions-nsw

3. Let’s talk about West Papua

Thursday 17 May 2018 @ 5:30pm
Carslaw Centre (Building F07), Lecture Theatre 175.
Sydney University, Darlington Enter via City Road and proceed along Eastern Ave.

Presented by Pasifika and Catholic Justice and Peace Commission of Brisbane. Enquiries: Joe on 0407 785 797

4. Union Lawyers & Industrial Officers Organisation (ULIO) CPD Seminar Series  

ULIO is pleased to announce a CPD seminar exploring the recent FWC full bench decision of Saied Khayam v Navitas English Pty Ltd [2017] FWCFB 5162.

Details of the seminar are as follows:

4.30pm-5.30pm  Friday, 1 June 2018, Executive Boardroom, Level 3, Unions NSW,

 If you would like to attend this free event please RSVP on the following link for catering purposes https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/union-lawyers-industrial-officers-organisation-ulio-cpd-seminar-series-tickets-45882892968

5. Unions in July Program Monday, 2 July – Friday, 13 July 2018

Unions NSW invites your union to participate in Unions NSW 2018 Unions in July program, an extension of the Union Summer program. 

The 2018 Unions in July program will run from Monday, 2 – Friday, 13 July 2018 with training days hosted by Unions NSW at the commencement of the program followed by a half-day debrief and certificate ceremony on the last day of the program.   

If you have any questions or your union is interested in participating please contact Unions NSW Campaign Assistant and Unions in July Co-ordinator, Katie Summers either by phone: 0414 316 839 or via email: ksummers@unionsnsw.org.au


MEETING ADJOURNED AT 6:30 PM

 

 

 

 

 

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