UNIONS NSW COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES - MEETING HELD THURSDAY 15 JUNE 2017
IN TRADES HALL AUDITORIUM, SYDNEY AT 5:30PM.

The Acting President, Com. P. Noack occupied the Chair.

PRESENT:  E. Maiden [Acting Secretary], S. Davis [Industrial Relations Officer].

OPENING OF THE MEETING:  
The Acting President, Com. P. Noack 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 8 June 2017 as circulated be received".

Com. S. Bali (AWU) seconded.

CARRIED

The Acting Secretary Com. E. Maiden moved:

" That the minutes of the meeting of 8 June 2017 as circulated be adopted".

Com. S. Bali (AWU) seconded.

CARRIED

CREDENTIALS:
From:  
Australian Workers' Union appointing Vern Falconer in place of Paul Farrow for tonight's meeting.

The Acting Secretary Com. E. Maiden moved:

"That the credentials be received and delegate welcomed".

Com. R. Fortescue seconded.

CARRIED

APOLOGIES:   Apologies were received and accepted for:  M. Morey (Secretary), J. Kiejda (President), T. Costa (Assistant Secretary), B. Holmes (NSWNMA), D. McKinley (ETU), B. Smith (SDA), R. Collison (AWU), M. Whaites(NSWNMA), G. Kelly (USU), R. Mallia (CFMEU), Brian Parker (CFMEU), S. Little (PSA), T. Wright (PSA).

The Acting Secretary Com. E. Maiden moved:

"That the apologies be received and accepted".

Com. J. Dixon (NSWTF) seconded.

CARRIED

ANNOUNCEMENT:

The Acting President, Com. P. Noack informed the meeting of the pending retirement of the AWU NSW Secretary, Com. R. Collison and AWU Official, Com. S. Bali, at the end of this month.

Com. R. Collison has been an active trade unionist for over 50 years, including time spent as a delegate, organiser and official.  Com. Collison was also the inaugural State Secretary of the AWU NSW Branch.

The Acting President, Com. P. Noack and the Acting Secretary, Com. E. Maiden thanked both Com. Collison and Com. Bali for their dedication, hard work and service to the trade union movement throughout their careers and noted appropriate activities to farewell them properly were in train.

EXECUTIVE CORRESPONDENCE:

1.  From CFMEU - Construction and General Division:  reminding affiliates of the National Day of Action against Turnbull's War on Workers and reads:-

"Just a reminder on the Anti-Turnbull National Day of Action Rally next Tuesday 20 June, convening at Belmore Park at 11:00am and marching to North Hyde Park for a rally at the Archibald Fountain (at approximately 12:00 midday).

We request Unions NSW for one more reminder push of all affiliates to attend the rally with as many of their members as they can muster.  There is significant dissatisfaction with the Turnbull government on a number of fronts from the ABCC and Building Code implementation, cuts to penalty rates, growing job insecurity and significant employer rip offs of workers and their entitlements.  Lets come together to send a strong message across the country that 'Enough Is Enough'.

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

"That the correspondence be received and Unions NSW will send a reminder to all affiliates to support this rally and bring large numbers of their members to send a strong message across the country".

Com. M. Thomson (NTEU) seconded.

CARRIED

REPORTS:

1.  Workers Compensation

The Acting Secretary, Com. E. Maiden reported on the upcoming 5 year anniversary of the conservative government changes to workers compensation.

Com. Maiden outlined details of the Special Council meeting scheduled for Thursday 22 June 2017.   At this meeting, injured workers will tell their stories about how the savage changes to workers compensation have affected them.  The meeting will be attended by Labor and Cross Bench members of State Parliament.

The Acting Secretary, Com. E. Maiden encouraged unions to maximise their attendance to show Members of Parliament how important this issue is to working people.

The Acting Secretary, Com. E. Maiden moved:-

"That the report be received and noted".

Com. R. Fortescue seconded.

CARRIED

 
2.  Don't Sell Our Buses
Bus Drivers & Community Assembly member, Com. A. Claassens spoke regarding the ‘Don’t Sell Our Buses” Campaign.  Affiliates and their members are encouraged to attend the assembly against the privatisation of the buses.

Com. Claassens informed the meeting that after just 24 hours, over 300 people have RSVP’d.

Following Com. Claassen’s report, the Acting Secretary, Com. E. Maiden noted the attendance of Assistant Secretary, Com. T. Costa at a community forum being held tonight and organised by Jo Haylen, MP, Member for Summer Hill and Sophie Cotsis, MP, Member for Canterbury, regarding this issue.

The Acting Secretary, Com. E. Maiden moved:

"That the report be received and noted".

Com. L. Drury seconded.

CARRIED

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1.  Injured Workers Family Day
The Injured Workers Support Network would like to invite you to the Injured Workers Family Day Picnic this Sunday, 18 June
2017
starting at 11:00am at Holroyd Workplace Memorial Park, Brickworks Drive, Holroyd.
There will be a sausage sizzle, face painting and children's entertainment.

2.  National Day of Action against Turnbull's War on Workers
CFMEUNSW Construction & General Division
Tuesday 20 June 2017 at 11:00am
Venues:
Sydney:Belmore Park, near Central Station, marching to Hyde Park North.
Grafton: Market Square, Pound Street

3.  Industrial Seminar - Wage Theft in Australia
What is its extent and what we can do to stamp it out
Thursday 22 June 2 - 4pm, Trades Hall Auditorium
For further information contact Linda Carruthers on 0448 451 450

4.  Special Labor Council Meeting
Thursday 22 June 2017 at 5:30pm
Justice for Injured Workers:  5 years since the Workers Compensation Cuts.
Labor and Cross-benchers have been invited to hear from injured workers and commit to the 12 principles.

5.  NexGen17 Conference
The ACTU Organising & OHS conferences are combined to create NexGen17 a conference for the whole union movement.
26 - 28 June at the International Convention Centre, Darling Harbour.

6.  Don't Sell Our Buses
Bus Drivers & Community Assembly
6:30pm on Wednesday 28 June 2017
At the Uniting Church, 264 Pitt Street, Sydney

MEETING ADJOURNED AT 5:50PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

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