UNIONS NSW COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES - MEETING HELD THURSDAY, 12 MAY 2016
IN TRADES HALL AUDITORIUM, SYDNEY AT 5:30PM.

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

PRESENT:  M. Morey [Secretary], T. Costa, [Assistant Secretary], E. Maiden, [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 5 May 2016 as circulated be received”.

 Com. R. Martin seconded.

CARRIED

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:-                              

That the minutes of the meeting of 5 May 2016 be adopted”. 

 Com. G. Derrick seconded.

CARRIED

CREDENTIALS:

From:  The Textile, Clothing & Footwear Union appointing Tracy LeFevre in place of John Owen for tonight’s meeting.

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved: -

That the credential be received and the delegate welcomed.”

Com. A. Claassens seconded

CARRIED

APOLOGIES:
Apologies were received and accepted for: R. Olsen TWU, Graeme Kelly (USU), Patricia Reid (HSU).

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:-       

“That the apologies be received and accepted”.

Com. R. Reilly seconded.

CARRIED

QUESTION WITHOUT NOTICE:

Com. B. Smith, Branch Secretary, Shop, Distributive & Allied Employees’ Association asked the Secretary if he was aware of the sacking of the 711 independent Professor Fels who was investigating the underpayments of many 711 workers.  

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey said Unions NSW is aware of this and condemns it and will write to the Minister to voice its concerns.   

GUEST SPEAKERS: 

Tom Bentley, Writer and Policy Advisor.

Tom Bentley spoke to the general meeting and said that Australia has a number of challenges in adapting to global economic changes. Mr Bentley believes that in Australia the best government to resolve these challenges is the Labor side of politics, because historically that is where the most successful reform has come from. Tom believes that the Liberal Government is facing a strong contest in the upcoming election because the traditional approvals to managing economics no longer are as successful as before.

Tom makes the argument that comparative advantages can be built in new ways to stimulate the economy. He said that the labour movement has an important role to play as it has an important role to play as it has in the past. Today the movement needs to embrace a new method.

Dave McKinley, ETU.

Dave McKinley spoke about the effects on workers at Essential Energy and the ongoing Fair Work Commission application to terminate the current Enterprise Agreement. The fight has been going for some time. Already it has cost the workers 10-12% in annual pay rises but we are continuing to fight to maintain their terms and conditions. Already there have been around 1,500 redundancies across the sector and they say they need 800 more. The Electrical Trades Union (ETU) feels that this is a push to remove regional jobs and replace them with contractors. This is bigger than just workers however it’s a threat to regional communities and regional economies.

The ETU has taken industrial action. All NSW was on strike for 8 hours yesterday and has taken other actions previously. As yet there has been no progress so the ETU will strike on Monday week for 72 hours without any energy response action. This could mean a black-out across half the state and it won’t be fixed for a week. Dave thanked the affiliates and asked that affiliates ask their members to sign the petition available on the Unions NSW website.         

EXECUTIVE BUSINESS CORRESPONDENCE:

1.  From Transport Workers Union, (TWU):   Alison Rudman spoke to the correspondence received from the TWU and said since the last time she spoke 23 more people have died from trucking accidents. That’s the bad news but the good news is that workers are resisting unsafe work pressures. Alison asked for support from affiliates for the 18 May in solidarity. 

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:-

 “The correspondence be received and that Unions NSW supports the TWU and these brave workers who have lost loved ones in truck crashes in their fight for secure jobs and safe rates.”

 Com. A. Rudman seconded the resolution.                   .

CARRIED BY ACCLAMATION

2.  From NSW Nurses & Midwives Association (NSWNMA):  Rita Martin spoke to the correspondence received from the NSWNMA regarding The Race is on to Save Medicare.  Rita Martin said that today is International Nurses’ Day.  In the past Australia had great conditions in health care and treatment of health workers. The changes to Medicare will threaten this. The higher costs will affect many people in delaying important treatments.

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:-

“The correspondence be received and that Unions NSW supports the NSWNMA and the race to Save Medicare.”

Com. R. Martin seconded the resolution.                .

CARRIED

3.  From Public Services Association (PSA):  Paul Farrow spoke to the correspondence received from the PSA regarding the PSA’s dispute against FACS regarding the lack of consultation over the privatisation of ADHC is back in the Industrial Relations Commission at 9.am Monday 16 May.  The Commission supported the PSA in the dispute, placed the forced transfer of staff on hold for six months and ordered FACS to set up a consultation process with the PSA.

The PSA has been negotiating with FACS but FACS is refusing to include within the terms of reference the transfer packages arbitrarily forced on the employees.

This breaks the Commission’s recommendation that all aspects raised by the PSA must be considered.

The PSA thanks Unions NSW for its fantastic support during the lead up to the first dispute, promoting its support during the dispute and for Unions NSW Secretary Mark Morey marching with us and also posting information and support on social media networks.

We write to ask for the continued support of Unions NSW for our appearance in the IRC on Monday and for your assistance in promoting and publicising the current dispute through social media channels.

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:-

 The correspondence be received and that Unions NSW will appear in the IRC on Monday and will continue to assist in promoting and publicising the current dispute through social media channels.”

 Com. P. Farrow seconded the resolution. 

 CARRIED

4.  From The NSW Teachers’ Federation, (NSWTF):  Maxine Sharkey spoke to the correspondence received from the NSWTF on the Corrective Services teachers and details of the Baird Government’s plan to outsource prison education and make current staff redundant.

Maxine said that may of the highest skilled teachers work in corrective services. They are trained to engage the disengaged and the NSW Government has announced that they will not have a job anymore.

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:-

“The correspondence be received and Unions NSW ask that affiliates write to the Minister to protest this despicable decision.

Unions NSW encourages’ affiliates to complete and distribute the NSW Teacher’s Federation’s email to David Elliott minister for corrective services found at: https://www.nswtf.org.au/cst.”                                                                       

Com. Maxine Sharkey seconded the resolution.                    .

CARRIED 

5.  From Finance Sector Union, (FSU): Maxine Sharkey spoke to the correspondence received from the FSU regarding Labor’s Proposed Royal Commission into banking and financial services if it wins the 2016 Federal Election so to vindicate the work of the FSU fighting for a better resourced, higher skilled, professional banking and financial services sector where there is no place for conflicted pay models that wedge workers between customers.

The Union acknowledges that sustainable improvement in the ethical standing and cultural practices in their industry will require legislative change and a serious commitment to improved staffing and resources, skills development and training for bank employees.

The FSU also acknowledge that a Royal Commission with properly constructed terms of reference focusing on the decision makers in the industry and particularly the design and impact of remuneration models applying in the industry offers an opportunity to bring forward the changes that will benefit our community and our members.

On this basis the FSU supports the calls for a Royal Commission into Banking and will take necessary steps to ensure that the terms of reference focus on the systemic problems caused by failed leadership of our industry and those terms of reference do not allow it to become a witch hunt that focuses on individual workers.

We ask that Unions NSW join us in supporting the Labor initiative and write directly to Mr Shorten seeking assurances that the terms of reference will indeed focus on the senior management of the industry and their cultural drivers of the systemic problems and not a witch hunt aimed at individual workers. 

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:-

 “The correspondence be received and Unions NSW supports the Labor initiative and will write directly to Mr Shorten seeking assurances that the terms of reference will indeed focus on the senior management of the industry and their cultural drivers of the systemic problems and not a witch hunt aimed at individual workers“.

Com. Rebecca Reilly seconded the resolution.

Com. Louise Arnfield spoke.                     .

CARRIED

REPORTS:

 1.     Campaign Update.

 The Secretary, Com. M. Morey gave an update on the Federal Election Campaign.

A short video was shown of the Medicare and TAFE Rallies.

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:-

”That the report be received and noted.”    

Com.  R. Martin seconded.

CARRIED

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 

1.  The Secretary reminded affiliates a Condolence to the Late John Kaye, MLC will take place at next week’s Council     Meeting.

2.  TAFE Rally Parramatta
Wednesday the 18th of May at 10am, outside the Greater Western Sydney TAFE shop front. There will be rally at 69 Phillip Street, Parramatta. Sharon Bird, Julie Owens and Prue car will be in attendance

3.  ACTU Organising Works
Is commencing soon.   This invaluable program has been servicing unions in their organising efforts for more than 20 years, and has now been revitalised with a new curriculum.

We are calling for expressions of interest for programs running ins NSW, Qld & Vic.  This program will be composed of ten courses beginning in July 2016 and running to September 2017.

For further information please go to the ACTU website  https://actu.wufoo.com/forms/z1a8e22w1xn3c2x/ 

4.  National Tertiary Education Union – Public Forum
Come and hear speakers on the future of TAFE and university, followed by Q&A with federal election candidates on Wednesday 25 May 2016, 6:30pm at Armidale City Bowling Club (92-96 Dumaresq St). RSVP: Postschools@Wnswtf.org.au or 9217 2308

5.  Union Aid Abroad APHEDA – Annual Raffle 2016
Support the Union Aid Abroad APHEDA raffle tickets available online or at Unions NSW reception.  Raffle will be drawn Thursday 16 June. 

MEETING ADJOURNED AT 6:40PM

  

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