UNIONS NSW COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES - MEETING HELD THURSDAY 12 OCTOBER 2017
IN TRADES HALL AUDITORIUM, SYDNEY AT 6;00PM

The Acting President, Com. C. Bolger occupied the Chair.

PRESENT:  E. Maiden (Acting Secretary), K. Minter (Research Officer).

OPENING OF THE MEETING:  The Acting President, Com. C. Bolger 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 Acting Secretary, Com. E. Maiden moved:

"That the minutes from the meeting of 21 September 2017 as circulated be received."

Com. R. Fortescue (AMWU) seconded.

CARRIED

The Acting Secretary, Com. E. Maiden moved:

"That the minutes from the meeting of 21 September 2017 as circulated be asdopted."

Com. R. Fortescue (AMWU) seconded.

CARRIED

APOLOGIES:  Apologies were received and accepted for:  J. Kiejda (President), M. Morey (Secretary), T. Costa (Assistant Secretary), J. Dixon (NSWTF), P. Noack (AWU), B. Smith (SDA), M. Thomson (NTEU), G. Beuhler (AWU).

GUEST SPEAKER:
The acting Secretary, Com. E. Maiden welcomed Mr John Whelan to address council on the inside story of the biggest pay rise in the history of Women's Sport in Australia - Women Cricketers.

John addressed council and said it was an honour to be invited to speak at a Unions NSW Council meeting.  John said he was asked to assist with the Australian Cricketers Association negotiations.  The Cricket Australia Board is made up of executives from Rio Tinto and Qantas who sought to purposely push players out of contract in order to force wages and condition cuts.

Management's plan was to isolate women's representation and push 'sale' of the game.  Big lessons:

  1. Importance of density.  ACA has 100% membership.  As a result, when CA pushed the contract out of date.  They pushed out their entire labour force.
  2. Importance of defining success in July 2016.  All met decided gender equity.  Illegalities of contract removed.  Greater respect for players of the game, revenue sharing model retained.  17% wanted union (ACA) to stay strong. Mandate from members.  Gave negotiating clarity.  High attendance of union members at all meetings.
  3. Importance of solidarity.  Bosses tried to split players on gender lines by offering women players a separate deal (which they rejected).  They then tried to split international male players with multi-year contracts.  ACA came out strong.  ACA held press conference stating the Australian team would not tour South Africa.  300 players voted on this resolution.  No player would play for Australia while any other player was unemployed.  Three days later the CEO of Cricket Australia conceded defeat.

The negotiations confirmed the danger of an unregulated monopolies.

It was also a huge result for women players - with a pay increase for women from a pool of $4.5 million to $55 million.

The Acting Secretary, Com. E. Maiden thanked John for his address and acknowledged that CIara Smith, the past players officer and negotiator with ACA recently spoke at the Unions NSW Equal Pay Dinner about the important win for women cricketers.

EXECUTIVE CORRESPONDENCE:

1. From:  NSW Nurses & Midwives Association (NSWNMA):  
The NSWNMA has been involved in various activities and actions around housing affordability.

With rising house prices and increasing rents, our members are telling us that this is becoming an increasingly difficult challenge for many families.  The NSWNMA has been approached by Wendy Hayhurst, CEO of NSW Federation of Housing Associations Inc. to discuss a housing affordability research proposal and a national housing campaign.

Many of our members - and other target groups - have diverse incomes and would not fit into low income groups.  The proposal has been amended to include moderate income earners and would capture police, teachers and university staff.  Lower income workers would also be included.

Ms Hayhurst believes that to achieve change in Government policy the economic benefits of investing in housing need to be demonstrated.  This research will investigate the impact on productivity when workers cannot live near their workplaces and the impact that high housing costs have on the ability to recruit and retain essential workers.

The research is part of a larger body of work being undertaken by NSW Housing Federation.

The proposal costs would be funded by Unions who participate and the Committee for Sydney.

The NSWNMA would like to invite Ms Hayhurst to discuss the resesearch proposal with interested Unions and answer questions.  The results would be used to influence the next State and Federal election campaigns.  The proposed dates are:

Tuesday 17 October 11am - 1.30pm
Thursday 19 October 2pm onwards or
Friday 20 October 9am - 12 noon.

The NSWNMA proposed that Unions NSW convene a meeting of interested unions to hear the research proposal and explore if there is benefit to their members in participating.

Any queries can be directed to Rita Martin, NSWNMA rmartin@nswnma.asn.au

The Acting Secretary, Com. E. Maiden moved the Executive recommendation:

"That the correspondence be received and Unions NSW will convene a meeting of interested affiliates to hear from Wendy Hayhurst regarding the research proposal."

Com. R. Martin (NSWNMA) seconded.

CARRIED


REPORTS:

1.  Indigenous SurveyCom. E. Maiden. Assistant Secretary reported on the Indigenous Committee Survey that was sent to all affiliates seeking to identify the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander union members there are in NSW.

The survey data will be incorporated into the Planning Day held by Unions NSW Indigenous Committee on Thursday, 26 October from 10.00am-3.00pm in the Executive Board Room at Trades Hall.

The Planning Day is to develop and implement a comprehensive union strategy in working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander unionists:

  • assist Unions NSW and the Committee in understanding the numbers and concentration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander unionists across NSW 8unions;
  • the Planning Day is an important step in engaging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander unionists and strengthening the role of Unions NSW Indigenous Committee in the coming years.

We ask affiliates to support the effectiveness of the Planning Day.

Notify all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander union members about the Unions NSW Indigenous Committee Planning Day on Thursday, 26 October 2017.

To nominate an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander representative from your union to attend the Planning Day.  If an Aboriginal representative is not available please send a union representative who can support the work of the Unions NSW Indigenous Committee.

The Acting Secretary, Com. E. Maiden moved:

"That the report be received and noted."

Com. D. McKinley (ETU) seconded.

CARRIED

2.  Don't Sell Our Buses CampaignCom. E. Maiden, Assistant Secretary, Unions NSW reported on the buses campaign.  Currently a delegation of members are at parliament as the privatisation of buses is being debated by State MPS.

The Acting Secretary, Com. E. Maiden moved:

"That the report be received and noted."

Com. R. Fortescue (AMWU) seconded.

CARRIED

3.  We Won't Wait CampaignCom. Kate Minter, Research Officer, Unions NSW reported on the domestic violence leave in NES continues.  Last week the day before COAG unions rallied at Farrer Place calling on the Federal government to take action.

Over the past 12 months 53 women have been killed due to domestic violence.

On Friday, 20 October, Unions NSW will be hosting a national campaign forum to plan our campaign.

The Acting Secretary, Com. E. Maiden moved:

"That the report be received and noted."

Com. R. Fortescue (AMWU) seconded.

CARRIED

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1. Anti-Poverty Week Thursday 19  October 2017
5:30pm - 6:30pm in the Trades Hall Auditorium
Special Guests
Narelle Clay: Southern Youth and Family Services
Lisa Smajlov: Rozelle Neighbourhood Centre
Adam Farrar: Principal Policy Officer, Shelter NSW

2. National Campaign Forum - We Won't Wait
A conference for workplace leaders, delegates and union members around the country to come together to #ChangeThe Rules for working women.
Campaign Briefing on:
1. Working women campaign agenda;
2. Make it Fair Campaign
3. We Won't Wait - 10 days paid domestic violence leave;
Plus workshops on lobbying in your community and leading workplace actions.

10:00am - 4:00pm Friday 20 October 2017
Trades Hall, enter via 377 Sussex Street, Sydney

3.  Barton Trivia Night - Linda Burney, MP Member for Barton
6:00pm Friday 20 October
Arncliffe Scots Club, 29 Burrows Street, Arncliffe$30pp - tables of 10
Proceeds will go towards the re-election of Linda Burney as the Federal Member for Barton

Friday 20 October 2017:  10am - 5pm
NSW Teachers Federation Conference Centre, 33 Reservoir Street, Surry Hills
Tickets:  General Admission: $200 each and AEU members: $50 each

 

 5.  Ryde-Macquarie Teachers' Association's Annual Dinner
Friday 27 October 2017 6:00pm for 6:30pm at Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club, 117 Ryedale Road, West Ryde
Guest Speaker:   Unions NSW Secretary, Mark Morey
RSVP's by Friday 20 October
Bookings:  Janine Kitson:  Janine_kitson@tpg.com.au

6. Country Labor By-Election Fundraiser
Tonight following Unions NSW Council Meeting at 6:30pm in the Atrium, Trades Hall.
Tickets: 
               $ 70 per person for bulk purchases
               $30 concession

MEETING ADJOURNED AT 6:00PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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